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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2016

Marker Bills make moves to cut roster [9:34 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for the Bills’ situation at wide receiver, losing Little, Easley and Listenbee reduces the field at that position to eight, with five or six likely to survive Saturday’s cut to the regular-season roster maximum of 53. Starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, plus Marquise Goodwin and Walter Powell, whose glittering training camp as a receiver and returner preclude his being cut, are roster locks. That leaves veterans Greg Salas and Jarrett Boykin, last year’s seventh rounder Dez Lewis and rookie Kain Colter battling for one or two spots.'

Marker Greg Little, Eric Striker, Robert Kugler among nine released as Bills trim roster to 75 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the cuts, Kugler is a former All-Western New Yorker at Orchard Park High School, while Little and Striker are the most noteworthy. The former is a sixth-year veteran who was part of a crowded competition for jobs at receiver, while the latter briefly got time with the first team at outside linebacker during training camp.'

Marker Linebacker Lerentee McCray acquired in trade with Packers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCray's biggest contribution in the NFL thus far has been on special teams. He played 28 special-teams snaps in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers in February, and overall played exactly 50 percent of the team's special-teams snaps during the regular season.'

Marker With Austin Trainor released, Cardale Jones looks ready to play Thursday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He took some reps yesterday,” coach Rex Ryan said before the Bills practiced Tuesday. “We’ll see how he feels. I’ll leave that obviously up to medical, the trainers, and I hope he can play. That’s what we want - him to be able to play – but we’re not going to put him out there if can’t defend himself or he’s injured in any way, so we’ll see. He was a little rusty yesterday so hopefully he’ll get a little better as we get going.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills practice transcripts of Rex Ryan, Cardale Jones, Walter Powell & James Wilder Jr. [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well yeah, we’re not playing our starters that game, but there’s still roster spots—somebody will make this team based on how they perform on Thursday. That seems to always be the case year-in and year-out and that’s still out there. It’s an important game, see that’s what I think sometimes it gets lost in the fact that this game is important, but it’s important for evaluating.'

Marker Expect progress at QB, not many wins for Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the other issues are fixable. The QB, as we all know, is colossally hard to fix. If Tyrod takes a step forward, the future looks so bright. If he clearly regresses – UGH – we could be looking at 2019 or 2020 before the drought has a realistic chance of ending.'

Marker Revised game-by-game projection for the 2016 season [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Conclusion: 8-8.'

Marker With cuts looming, Bills kickers cross their legs [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I never feel good. I wake up every day thinking I’ll be cut,’’ Gay, 26, said. “It keeps you on your toes. You never feel comfortable that way, you’re constantly trying to get better.’’'

Marker Striker, Little among Bills cuts to 75 players [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You know I love the way he plays, the passion he plays with,’’ Ryan said. “Obviously, he does have some limitations with his size, speed. It doesn’t fit the NFL standard. But I love the guy’s heart. And he’s got a chance to play. It’s just unfortunate I think, you know, for him. We have some really good players in front of him. And some veteran players, and that’s not an easy thing.’’'

Marker Greg Little, Eric Striker among 9 released in first round of Buffalo Bills cuts [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Little was competing all summer to be one of the team's top five or six wide receivers, but he was the first one cut. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie linebacker Eric Striker was also a part of the first round of cuts after winning over fans with his passion and underdog story.'

Marker Buffalo Bills acquire LB Lerentee McCray from Green Bay Packers for draft pick [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have needed depth at outside linebacker ever since IK Enemkpali tore his ACL in the preseason opener. McCray has a chance to stick on the roster if he can contribute on special teams. This could mean trouble for guys like Eric Striker, Bryson Albright and Kroy Biermann, who are all currently competing for snaps behind Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson and Lorenzo Alexander.'

Marker Why Rex Ryan thinks NFL should do away with 75-man cutdown [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I agree with that. I think every coach. I'm telling you what I believe, but I think all coaches would like that. I don't think there's any doubt. Keep them there, get good looks at the entire thing. Right now, we're going to let some good players go, but you're exactly right, this could be a great opportunity for them to play, but unfortunately they won't have that opportunity."'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes applauds Colin Kaepernick's courage [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Guys are talking about not only the fact that he didn't stand but what it represents, what he's trying to make everybody in the nation aware of," Hughes said Tuesday at One Bills Drive. "I certainly understand his plight and understand what he's doing. It's just fun to get that forum, that topic out here in the locker room. We should be able to discuss anything in our society. It shouldn't make anybody uncomfortable. It's just great to have that out there on the floor."'

Marker Bills trim 16 off roster to get down to 75 players [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Along with Little and Hawthrone, long snapper Reid Ferguson, OL Robert Kugler, TE Jimmy Mundine, LB Eric Striker, DT Alameda Ta'amu, QB Austin Trainor, and DT Justin Zimmer were cut.'

Marker Bills trade for LB Lerentee McCray [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'McCray, a 26-year-old outside linebacker, will cause concern for other linebacker options with cuts scheduled to come down by 4 p.m. including undrafted rookies Eric Striker and Bryson Albright.'

Marker Rex calls making cuts the worst, Bills taking their time with cuts [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'In addition, Ryan added that Thursday's preseason contest against the Detroit Lions will be used as the same final measuring stick for the final cuts to 53, which is due by Saturday.'

Marker Packers deal McCray to Bills for draft pick [1:44 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“There are teams that are a little more aggressive trading than other teams,” Thompson said. “I would classify us as not very aggressive, and it’s probably my fault because I’m a builder. I like to gather the chicks all into the barn and keep them all to myself. I’d rather work with the guys that we have and try to make them better, than trading one of them to some other team to get somebody else’s guy, if you know what I mean.'

Marker Bills Gilmore out to prove he's among NFL's best cornerbacks [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I know I am," he said upon reporting to training camp.'

Marker Bills acquire linebacker McCray in trade with Packers [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have lacked depth at outside linebacker. Rookie first-round pick Shaq Lawson had shoulder surgery in May and will miss at least the first month of the season. Backup IK Enempkali sustained a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.'

Marker Bills rookie Shaq Lawson to miss first 6 weeks of season [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills placed their first-round draft pick on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday as part of a series of moves trim their roster to the NFL-maximum 75 players. Lawson only began working out on his own two weeks ago since having shoulder surgery in May to repair an injury that nagged him at Clemson.'

Marker Bills acquire LB McCray from Packers [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'McCray, 26, factors in as an outside linebacker in the Bills' 3-4 scheme, the same alignment used by the Broncos.'

Marker Bills trim WR Little among roster cuts [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"But the guys that have given everything they have, and just wasn't quite good enough, it's tough. I mean there is no doubt it's the worst time as a coach."'

Marker Bills acquire Lerentee McCray from Packers [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: 'McCray appeared in 11 games for the Denver Broncos last season, finishing with seven tackles and a 1/2 sack.'

Marker Bills Announce 15 Roster Moves [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gragg and Dowling had severe knee injuries during that Washington game, they must clear waivers to make it to injured reserve.'

Marker Bills Trade for OLB McCray [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McCray is a former undrafted free agent in 2013, originally signed by the Denver Broncos. The Dunnellon, Florida, native is 6'3", 249 lbs., and won last season's Super Bowl with the club. McCray has accumulated 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed, and 3 quarterback hits in two seasons with the Broncos.'

Marker Bills practice with cuts to 75 looming [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the meantime, running back Mike Gillislee, who has also been in concussion protocol, was no longer wearing the red no-contact jersey he had on Monday. He seemed to be doing the same drills as all the other running backs during the individual portion of practice.'

Marker Bills trim roster down to 75 [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The biggest name on the list of the initial cuts, Greg Little was let go ahead of players like Walt Powell, Jarrett Boykin, and Dez Lewis, which must mean one thing: the final wide receivers kept on the roster must play a role on special teams. Little was a non-factor on special teams, only getting two snaps in that phase of the game. He's a physical wide receiver, but had too many inconsistencies with his hands throughout the summer.'

Marker 5 potential Bills roster hints from Rex Ryan [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Notice the player that is absent among those four names, even after Rex Ryan added to the list? Greg Salas, that’s who. Salas has been working a lot with the first-team offense throughout both the offseason and during training camp, and with a solid special teams presence, it seems like the Bills are looking at Salas as their firm No. 4 wide receiver on the depth chart.'

Marker Reserve/PUP for Shaq Lawson; WR Little among cuts to get to 75 [1:32 AM] reports: 'Lawson’s draft classmate Kolby Listenbee was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Coming off of double sports hernia surgery Listenbee’s recovery was slowed by pelvic inflammation. It compromised his plans to be ready for training camp and the preseason. He too will use the next six weeks to hopefully round into form to also be a consideration for returning to practice between Weeks 7 and 10 of the regular season.'

Marker Bills trade for LB Lerentee McCray [1:31 AM] reports: 'McCray, 6-2, 246, was signed by Green Bay this past April after he was not retained by the Denver Broncos following their win in Super Bowl 50. The 26-year old was originally signed as an undrafted rookie in 2013 by Denver. He spent his first NFL season on injured reserve, but has appeared in 24 games over the past two seasons with the Broncos, including four playoff games.'

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