Bills OTA Observations (5/27) [9:06 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, if a winner had to be crowned based on the day of work, the honors would go to the veteran Matt Cassel.'
Ryan to give Graham a shot at safety [8:55 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not saying he won't go to corner, because I'm sure he'll play some there, but we really want him to focus on safety right now," Ryan said of Graham, who played corner, nickel corner, and some safety last year for Buffalo.'
Quarterback competition off to a slow start, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs [8:54 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Right now, you're not making a decision on who you're starting quarterback is in the OTAs," Ryan said. "You may have an idea who it may end up being, but this is just leading up and getting guys ready for training camp."'
Matt Cassel brushes off questions about Patriots QB Tom Brady, 'Deflategate' [8:54 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm really not going to get into that," said Cassel said at Bills OTAs. "Obviously that was a league decision and it's something that, the league came down with a ruling, and we're going to go out there and play against whoever's going to be out there on the field. But in terms of the actual penalty itself, like I said, you're going to have to ask the league about that."'
Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus on contract negotiations: 'Just turn on the tape' [8:53 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It weighs on me heavily," Dareus admitted at Bills OTAs Wednesday. "I want to go out and perform and do what I have to do like I always do and have fun with it. Whatever the outcome is, that's the outcome. However they want to play it is how they play it."'
Bills GM tells AP he's had initial talks to re-sign Dareus [8:51 PM]
AP reports: '"We'll try our best, yeah. Now will it happen? Who knows," Whaley told The Associated Press following the team's voluntary minicamp practice Wednesday. "We've got to see where they're coming from and what they're thinking and everything. Typical negotiation process."'
Bills move to get stronger at strong safety [8:51 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what's best for the team. And if that means we feel good about him playing safety, then that's where he'll be."'
Bills' Ryan has his team practicing differently [8:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has brought something with him from the Niners. The coaches don’t correct mistakes on the field, it’s done during film work and meetings. That puts quite a few more reps on the field. Ryan said, “We have two drills going at once. It might be hard to follow, but the reps are so much different. The third group used to get only seven reps if I would’ve kept the same way of doing things and now they’re getting 30 reps, so it’s a big difference.”'
Bills begin OTAs; sights and notes [8:43 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Although both Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio got plenty of time at right tackle, it was interesting to note second-year free agent Darryl Johnson also saw time with the first unit in that spot.'
Rex Ryan talking up Tyrod Taylor [8:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Tyrod is a young man that I'm excited about," Ryan said. "It's well documented that I tried to trade for him several times because he gives you that athleticism for that position that as a defensive coach you're nervous about. He's a guy that can not just do things wit his arm but create a lot of things with his legs, whether it's organized runs or when things break down."'
7 OTA observations [8:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s great for all of us because we get more reps,” said Cassel. “Sometimes when you just have one group you sit there a lot of times and you’re watching and you’ve got to get the mental reps, but this time of year it’s been great. You get all those reps, the more repetition we can get this time of year the better for all of us.”'
Dareus addresses suspension and contract talks [8:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m happy we can finally move forward. It’s been hanging over my head for a while,” he said. “Just happy we can move forward and I can prepare myself for the season and just happy to be with my friends, my guys, my real family. Just really feeling a lot better right now.”'
Bills QBs get equal air time [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You just keep rotating your guys like that,” Ryan said. “So they’re all going to get to work with each other. It’s not that big a deal right now. But the big thing is you want to evaluate all your players, not just the first team or second team. You want everybody and give guys fair chances and a lot of times, the cream will rise to the top and you’ll see something.'
OTAs focus on running as many plays as possible [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’ve got some of your players on one area and some on the other, and it’s just boom, boom, boom,” Ryan said. “I tell my assistants, ‘Just coach off the tape.’ And you really get a lot more reps in that way. Usually, the third group may get seven snaps.” On Tuesday, “they got 30.”'
Betting lines for the Buffalo Bills' 2015 regular season games [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'As of now, the Bills are favored in nine out of the 15 games for which odds have been set. They're still underdogs to the Patriots twice and the Dolphins once, so oddsmakers don't like Buffalo's chances of changing the guard in the AFC East.'
5 things to watch for during Buffalo Bills OTAs [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'There's no doubt everyone will be dissecting every throw Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor make from now until a starter is named. Each quarterback has questions to answer. How will Cassel look coming off his injury? Has Manuel really improved his accuracy and mechanics? Is Taylor ready to compete for a starting job? These practices may not shed much light on those questions, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman said last week that he thinks a leader may emerge heading into training camp.'
Bills QB Taylor taking first-team reps [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I thought this opportunity was the best for an open competition," Taylor told the Sporting News last month. "That's what I'd always felt throughout the offseason, and I had confidence in what I could do when I got that chance."'
Can Lewis be tall WR Bills have been searching for? [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’m pretty sure I’ll be on a lot of special teams. That’s the main thing with rookies. You’re not going to come in automatically starting unless you’re ’that guy.’ I’m definitely willing to play special teams. I’m playing gunner and kickoff right now. We’ll see what happens when preseason comes.”'
Bills begin OTAs today [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will be on the field today, tomorrow, and Friday, with a voluntary offseason conditioning day on Thursday. The remaining seven days they are allowed to have OTAs will take place over the following two weeks. Here is the full schedule of Bills OTA dates..'.
'I needed the Lord in my life' [1:53 AM]
Catholic Online reports: '"Bottom line is, we all get thrown to our knees and I was a few times over, but I understand that I am here for a reason. I am a chosen father with a little boy named Hunter that through all of our experiences, we've been able to make a difference," he said. With the loss of Hunter to Krabbe Disease, Kelly explained that both he and Jill were lost, not knowing what to do, until God became the center of their life enriching it with faith.'
Bills 'doubling down' on OTAs [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“As we know, it’s a three man competition, they all need work,” Ryan said on the radio show. “It’s not a true competition if you’re not going to give them work. I liked that today. And I can understand the drill. I’ll be excited to watch the video, too, because now you get twice as many snaps.”'
Carrington begins anew with Bills [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I knew there would be a phone call after the draft, after teams filled up rosters,” said Carrington. “I thought the Bills were a distinct possibility because of the defense and a lot of similar type players here. They were at the top of my list. I was like, ‘I’m going back to Buffalo.’”'
Why Tyrod Taylor can actually win Bills' starting quarterback job [1:59 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It's important to recognize, however, that all this Taylor talk probably isn't just a way to motivate Manuel and to accelerate his progress. Don't simply dismiss it when the Bills say Taylor was brought there to compete for the starting job, because no matter how unlikely it sounds on May 24, we could be living in a world where Taylor is starting opposite Andrew Luck on September 13.'
Thoughts on Alfred, Dareus and the Sabres coaching search [5:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With all the complaining from Patriots fans about the severity of their team's penalties in Deflategate, the Bills got a break from the league office in the suspension of nose tackle Marcell Dareus.'
Mario Williams preparing for another adjustment [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We all understand that part of the game,” he said recently. “Things change, personnel change, obviously coaches change. We pretty much just take from what we learned from” Schwartz “and kind of keep it going. I mean, that’s the only way you can do it in this league, because it’s pretty much a revolving door.”'
PAT changes will set new strategies afoot [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s say you’re in Buffalo and there’s a blizzard going on,” Oakland Raiders special teams coach Brad Seely told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That’s going to maybe change your thinking. The other part of that is, you still have to score from the 2 in a blizzard.”'
Eric Wood gives back to children with foundation [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was time to do something a little bigger than football in this area,” Wood said. “Dealing with families of sick kids and kids in general is something I am passionate about. It’s something that I grew up dealing with so I have compassion for those people. I felt like I could really make a difference in their lives.”'
6 questions going into Organized Team Activities [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s a wide open, three way battle, between EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, and Tyrod Taylor. And the Bills coaching staff insists no decision has been on a pecking order at the critical position.'
Keeping guard up important for O-line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s far too soon to conclude that the Bills fixed their weakest area on the team, guard, with the additions of veteran Richie Incognito and third-round draft pick John Miller. Or that center Eric Wood will rebound from what he would readily admit was the worst season of his career. Or that tackles Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson will make the necessary strides to provide the consistency the Bills didn’t get from them last year.'
Inaugural Kelly Tough run happens next Saturday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly and his wife, Jill, picked next weekend for the run because their daughter, Erin, recently published a book called “Kelly Tough,” (amazon.com) and Kelly for Kids, another family foundation, will host a gala the evening afterward in Buffalo and a golf tournament June 1 in Batavia.'
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