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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2015

Marker Bills fans basking in the joy of Rex, but will hole at QB kill optimism? [9:12 PM]
CBS Sports reports: 'But with Rex Ryan steering a ship loaded with gifted players on offense and defense, Bills fans will carry an unbridled optimism into the regular season not seen or felt since, well, 1991.'

Marker Kromer back with Bills, happy to be at camp [9:08 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan acknowledged, however, that it is good to have Kromer back with the team. He is considered an excellent offensive coach, and several of the linemen he worked with prior to the incident have remarked how much they have learned from him.'

Marker Aaron Kromer doesn't apologize in short statement at Buffalo Bills training camp [9:07 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We issued a statement as an organization and so I'm really not going to add a whole lot to that," Ryan said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan gets lost in own corn maze [9:06 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan has already made an impression on his new home and lived up to his reputation as an entertaining personality. From jumping out of a plane to interacting with locals, Ryan has brought a different atmosphere to the Bills in his first few months on the job.'

Marker What makes Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills training camp different than Doug Marrone's? [9:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Last year, our coach wasn't as loose as Rex," Dixon said. "Not to say he was a bad coach, but he wasn't as loose. The environment wasn't as loose. It was more like grit and tightness. I felt tightness when I got here last year. This year, you know, it's a more loose atmosphere, there's a little bit more smiling going on. I think that's good for us."'

Marker Whaley: Bills have exchanged contract proposals with Dareus [9:04 PM]
AP reports: '"You can't pin it down," Whaley said, referring to negotiations with Dareus, the two-time Pro Bowl selection entering the final year of his contract. Dareus is anticipated to command a hefty price with the Bills' 2011 first-round draft pick drawing comparisons to some of the NFL's top young defensive linemen.'

Marker Bills offensive line coach Kromer grateful to rejoin team [9:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Kromer spoke for only 48 seconds and did not take any questions shortly before the Bills opened practice Monday night. It was Kromer's first time back with the team since being placed on paid leave on July 14, two days after he was arrested and charged with battery for punching a boy in the face in Florida.'

Marker Bills sign CB Noel [9:02 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Noel had signed with the Bills on May 4 as an undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest. He was released by the team on June 18.'

Marker Bills announce preseason television broadcast team [8:57 PM] reports: 'Stone will call the team’s preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, August 14 in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Stone is currently the lead studio host for FOX Sports’ soccer, college football and college basketball programming. From 1997-2012, Stone worked for ESPN in a number of different roles including as a college football play-by-play announcer and the lead soccer commentator. Stone is a graduate of Colgate University.'

Marker Kromer makes statement; returns to coach [8:56 PM] reports: '“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be back here at training camp. How grateful I am for Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula, Russ Brandon and of course Rex (Ryan) for allowing me back to do my job. I’m sure everybody wants to hear about what happened over the last couple of weeks and I’m not at liberty to talk about it. All I can say right now is I’m excited about being back here working with the talent that we have here on the offensive line, and making them the best they can be in this training camp for the season. That’s my whole goal and my whole focus at this point and excited to be able to do that. Thank you.”'

Marker Bills sign CB Merrill Noel [8:55 PM] reports: 'Noel started all 12 games and served as a team captain for the Demon Deacons in 2014. He recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions on the way to being named third team All-ACC. The 5-10, 175 pound Wake Forest product started in 43 of the 44 career games he played in and totaled 192 tackles and eight interceptions.'

Marker Assume nothing, give everything is Chris Hogan's mantra [8:54 PM] reports: '“I’m never going to take anything for granted out here. Every single day out here is a blessing for me,” he said. “I said I’m ‘on the bubble’ and yeah, I do play with a little chip on my shoulder. But that’s the way that I play and that’s the way that I’ve always been.”'

Marker For Bills’ Jackson, it’s a case of challenge accepted [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I go into an off-season expecting something to happen,” Jackson said. “It’s been that way for the last five, six years now. It started that way. It’s not anything that I don’t expect. I just make sure that I’m ready when I come in. That title — ‘Oldest Running Back in the League’ — travels with you.'

Marker Bills suspend Kromer for six games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The suspension will run from Monday, Sept. 7, six days before the season-opener against Indianapolis, and end with the conclusion of the Bills’ game against Cincinnati on Oct. 18.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day Three report [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In what might be a sign of an early leader, Matt Cassel took starting reps for the third day in a row while Tyrod Taylor, who worked as a backup Saturday, alternated with the starters. None of the three looked particularly impressive, with EJ Manuel struggling the most.'

Marker Ralph Wilson put trust in trustees to disburse foundation’s $1.2 billion [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ralph was a great visionary,” Mary Wilson said. “He knew things changed, so he didn’t want to put us in a box. He believed in us, which is such a great honor for the four of us. He knew that we knew him, that we loved him and we knew what he had (supported) in the past.”'

Marker Kouandjio looks to rebound from rough rookie season [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“What happened last year happened and I don’t want to go back there, it’s not even in my mind,” Kouandjio continued. “Just keep being optimistic and keep working, that’s all you can do in this situation.”'

Marker Sal's snapshot of the Bills' QB conundrum [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel is maddening. He looks the part of an NFL quarterback with his size and his athleticism, but he just drives you crazy with his inaccuracy. It's a problem in team drills, for sure, but he even struggles to put the ball on the money in 7-on-7.'

Marker Bills suspend coach Aaron Kromer for six games [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Over the past several weeks the Bills organization has gathered information regarding the incident involving offensive line coach Aaron Kromer," Brandon said in a statement. "Today we have concluded our investigation and the Buffalo Bills will suspend coach Kromer without pay for the first six games of the 2015 NFL regular season. The suspension will begin on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Oct. 18, 2015.'

Marker Buffalo Bills suspend OL coach Aaron Kromer 6 games without pay after offseason arrest [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ''"We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter and we are highly supportive of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard.'

Marker Ronda Rousey among 5 Rex Ryan takeaways from day 3 of Buffalo Bills training camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Alright, I think it's appropriate to start with Ronda Rousey — might be the baddest person on the planet," Ryan said. "The problem was, so you know a bunch of us wanted to go watch the fight, thought the fight was going to be at like 10 o clock ... fight didn't happen till like 1:30. But then 30 seconds later it was over at 1:30:30. But yeah, pretty impressive.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan 'blown away' by Richie Incognito, names him starter 3 days into camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I've been back home grinding," Incognito said. "I know what I've got. To take it and put it out here on the field, a lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me and I just want to prove them right. I went out there and crushed the conditioning test and let everybody know I'm here."'

Marker Sammy Watkins shows Rex Ryan something new [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sammy can do everything," Rex Ryan said after practice Sunday. "Alright, so, I mean I've never seen it. I mean he literally lifted the guy up off his feet and was driven back like 10 yards. I've never seen it in all the years coaching, so that was impressive."'

Marker Rex Ryan lists guard Richie Incognito among Bills starters [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'That's a significant step for Incognito, the eighth-year player who signed a one-year contract with Buffalo in February. He had been out of football since midway through the 2013 season, when he was suspended for being a central figure in a bullying scandal that led to offensive lineman Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins.'

Marker Bills suspend offensive line coach Kromer for first 6 games [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills President Russ Brandon announced the suspension Sunday night. The disciplinary action comes two days after prosecutors in Florida dropped a battery charge for causing bodily harm against Kromer for allegedly confronting two boys for using his beach chairs, pushing one to the ground and punching him in the face last month.'

Marker Bills OL coach Kromer suspended 6 games [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'After the end of the suspension, Kromer will be eligible to join the team for its Oct. 25 game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

Marker Cassel gets 1st team reps 3rd straight day; #2 TE battle continues [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Matt Cassel also worked with the first-unit and, although not great by any means, in 7-on-7 work he had a much better day than he did Friday and clearly was better than Manuel Saturday. Most of the throws Cassel connected on were of the short variety, however, but there were a few of those he fit into tight spots for his pass catchers. He was not nearly as sharp on deeper passes.'

Marker Bills Day 2: QB update, new defensive wrinkle [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again, Corey Graham got first-team reps at safety over Duke Williams. After practice Rex Ryan said he wants to have Aaron Williams and Graham work together because Williams missed OTAs and minicamp and Graham is new to the position for this scheme. He wants them to get used to communication.'

Marker Bills suspend Kromer 6 games [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has been coaching the unit in Kromer’s absence.'

Marker Bills name Incognito starter at left guard [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following Sunday's practice, Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that Richie Incognito, the man in the middle of the bullying scandal in Miami in 2013, has been named the starter at left guard for the team. Ryan also said that Cordy Glenn had secured the starting left tackle position.'

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