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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2016

Marker Day 1 Bills Training Camp Observations: Stephon's statement [4:42 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stephon Gilmore couldn't have done it much better if he planned it this way. First play from scrimmage in the team period, a throw by Tyrod Taylor ... and an interception by Gilmore. That's the way you make a statement when you're looking to become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. A short while later, Gilmore made a nice play to break up a pass.'

Marker Karlos Williams still cutting weight at start of training camp [4:41 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s nothing but work,” Williams said. “Heavy conditioning, hitting the weight room hard again as usual. It’s just about getting my body back where it’s supposed to be, at top peak shape.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills Thoughts: Time to panic at OLB? [4:40 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan got a little perturbed when I framed a question about the depth at the position by saying he was "down to IK Enemkpali." Enemkpali is a Ryan favorite, the guy he took in last summer after he had seemingly ended his football career by delivering a jaw-breaking punch to Geno Smith when Enemkpali and the quarterback were New York Jets teammates.'

Marker Early to bed: Rex Ryan adds curfew, other changes to make Buffalo Bills healthy [4:38 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think we're also the only team in the league that had, like, a 10 o'clock curfew last night," Ryan said. "We're trying to avoid some of the things we went through last year."'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams says weight is 'not far' from where he wants it [4:36 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Not far at all," Williams said. "I'm getting comfortable every single day from minicamp to now. I'm pretty comfortable where I'm at now. It's just time to work and get back right. When it's time to touch the field it's time to touch the field."'

Marker Lewis, White stand out on first day (full Bills practice notes) [4:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Today was “toss sweep day” for the offense. They ran a ton of toss sweeps during their team portion (not against the defense) from a lot of different formations, different motions, and varying lead blockers and ways to block it.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 (7/30) [4:24 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, in his first day at training camp, Taylor was a little off when dropping back to pass.'

Marker Gilmore: Reporting to Bills camp was 'smart thing' to do [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I looked at every situation, but it was a smart thing for me to come here and be with my teammates, work on my game, do whatever I can to improve myself individually and as a team," Gilmore told reporters after he and his teammates went through their conditioning testing in preparation for Saturday's start of practices at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Dareus, Watkins top long list of Bills players not cleared for practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outside linebacker Manny Lawson and wide receiver Kolby Listenbee are on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. Whaley said Lawson suffered an "upper-body injury" while working out right before camp. Listenbee, one of the Bills' sixth-round draft picks last May, underwent double sports-hernia surgery right before the draft.'

Marker Bills' McCoy on nightclub incident: 'Things like that can't happen' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had a long talk with Mr. Goodell about the incident," McCoy, addressing Western New York media for the first time since the end of last season, said of the fight that resulted in two off-duty Philadelphia police officers being hospitalized. "Just sitting back and viewing the whole situation, as a leader, the guy that I want to be for this team, things like that just can't happen. I mean, there's no excuses for it.'

Marker 3 camp hot spots [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the moment, there isn't a clear No. 2 behind LeSean McCoy.'

Marker 10 questions the Buffalo Bills must answer during camp [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was certainly a different scene at training camp in 2015 when Taylor was battling EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel for the starting job. Taylor won it with veritable ease, and went on to prove the coaching staff right as he put forth a solid first season as a full-time NFL starter. Now he has to be better, especially if he wants to land the big free agent contract that he’s angling for in this, the final season of the deal he signed with the Bills in 2015.'

Marker Buffalo Bills depth chart: The battle for positions during camp [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor has the Bills in a better QB situation than they’ve had in recent memory if he continues to grow as a player. Manuel is in his last year as a Bill and will only play if Taylor gets hurt. If Jones gets on the field this year, that means you may as well kiss the season goodbye because he’s not ready to play in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp: What you need to know [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills boast that their training camp is among “the top training camps in the NFL,’’ maybe in the Top 5. They won’t get an argument here.'

Marker 10 Bills' players, including Sammy Watkins and Marcell Dareus, not ready for camp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lawson was a surprise. He suffered an "upper body injury" working out right before camp, according to general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore doesn't think he and the Buffalo Bills' DBs get enough credit [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gilmore currently has the highest base salary on the roster at just north of $11 million. However, the Bills haven't committed to him with a long-term deal. Meanwhile, other cornerbacks got paid big money on the open market. Darius Slay signed a deal with the Lions worth $23 million in guaranteed money.Josh Norman got $50 million guaranteed from Washington. Gilmore tipped his cap to Norman, but it's clear that's the type of deal he's eyeing.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy: 'No excuses' for incidents like Philly bar fight [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm an honest person," McCoy said. "I've never been in trouble a day in my life. I'm from nothing, a hard-working family. I told everybody, I was honest and I was right. I didn't do anything wrong. It was obvious. Y'all read it, y'all seen what happened. Nothing came out of it. It just sucks that my name was dragged into so much negative press for just being in that situation that you had nothing to do with. But that's life. I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. It is what it is."'

Marker Assistant Jeff Weeks broke his foot falling down stairs at Buffalo Bills training camp [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We forgot to touch on one medical issue or one injury update," Rex Ryan said in his first press conference of training camp Friday. "Jeff Weeks was injured. He broke his foot falling down the stairs. He was just bragging about the new shoes he was wearing. No truth to the fact that he was doing one of those Pokemon things. He was trying to text somebody and fell down the step and actually broke his foot. That's the only injury update. I know everybody is concerned."'

Marker Doug Whaley leaves door open for Cardale Jones to win Buffalo Bills' backup QB job [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's always a chance, but we're going into this hoping to get the old school approach," Whaley said. "Just store (Jones) for a year and see how he progresses and not put any pressure on him or a timetable and see what happens. You never know what's going to happen and I never say never, but right now, we just want him to try to be the best he can every single day."'

Marker Watkins, others won't be ready at start of Bills camp [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"We're confident," Whaley said Friday, a day before the Bills open training camp. "You never know what's going to happen with medical issues. There could be some setbacks. But all signs are positive for him being ready for Baltimore."'

Marker LeSean McCoy arrives at Bills camp motivated and focused [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"I've got lots to prove this year, you know," McCoy said Friday, a day before Buffalo opens training camp outside Rochester. "A lot of people are doubting me and doubting this team, this offense. So I'm big into answering a lot of doubts."'

Marker Taylor confident in offense in year two [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"My mindset going into camp this camp was more so just to build off the things we worked on as a team this past minicamp and OTAs," Taylor said. "We 've done a lot of good things as an offensive group, and as a team as well. We want to build on those. You don't take any steps backwards. We wanna continue to keep moving forward and see how well we can do out there on the field against other teams."'

Marker Bills place WR Watkins on PUP list [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In addition, the team has placed defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, defensive back Jonathan Dowling, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and running back Karlos Williams on the active/non-football illness list.'

Marker LeSean McCoy on alleged role in bar fight: 'There's no excuses for it' [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You don't hear about other guys like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady getting into incidents like that. So I think sometimes you get so lackadaisical about being successful as a football player, and then you let all the minor, small things go. In a situation like that, [if" target="_blank"> you got security or you got even off-duty officers working for me at the time, and this thing never even gets out of hand."'

Marker McCoy: No excuses for bar incident, thankful for support from Pegulas [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I called my owners, my coaches, to let them know exactly what happened,” he said. “I’m an honest person. I've never been in trouble a day in my life. I've been from nothing, a hardworking family, so I told everybody. I was honest and I was right. I didn't do anything wrong. And it was obvious. I mean you all read it. you all seen what happened. Nothing came out of it. It just sucks that your name gets dragged into so much negative press, you know, for just being in a situation that you had nothing to do with. But I mean but that's life. I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. It is what it is.”'

Marker Whaley: 'Lines of Communication Open' with Taylor, Gilmore Camps [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"All contract situations are usually a long, drawn-out process, and we'll see where it goes," Whaley said Friday before the first day of training camp. Both Taylor and Gilmore are present for camp, even as they seen long-term deals. Gilmore has said looking in the ballpark of the record-setting contract signed by Josh Norman.'

Marker Bills make roster moves before camp [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills made a total of 10 roster moves, which includes two players being added to the Active / Non-Football Injury List, four players to the Physically Unable to Perform List, and four more players to the Active / Non-Football Illness List.'

Marker 7 things learned from Bills camp Friday [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That much isn’t certain, but as opposed to how grim everything has sounded regarding Gilmore, optimism seems to be rising that something could be struck between the two sides ahead of the year, or more likely, into the season.'

Marker McCoy moving on from nightclub incident [1:39 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"What might have been a down year for him (last year), we all looked as 'this guy was awesome, he was a fantastic player for us'," Ryan said. "This is going to be scary because if he can play much better than he did last year, we'll sign up for that."'

Marker Stephon Gilmore committed to his team, his game and his value [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It wasn’t really a long thinking process. I just sat down and said this is the smart thing for me to do,” said Gilmore. “It was a smart thing for me to come here and be with my teammates and work on my game and do whatever I can to improve myself individually and as a team.”'

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