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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2015

Marker Simms cut, Cassel still with Bills [8:30 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If Cassel were to be sent packing, that would mean Ryan and the coaching staff is fully confident that EJ Manuel can be a reliable backup quarterback to starter Tyrod Taylor. If there’s any doubt about Manuel, then it’s likely that Cassel stays as the No. 2, and Simms remains on the waiver wire. It does not seem as if Manuel’s place on the roster is in jeopardy.'

Marker Looking back on the Bills' first Super season [8:30 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Marv said something about it in the Monday meeting," Tasker recalled. "He basically said, 'I don't want to hear it. If you don't want to get pulled, don't get in that hole. And another thing; we have a lot of faith in the guys we're putting in so shut up and sit down.' And we never heard another thing about it. There's reasons why Marv's a Hall of Fame coach, stuff like that."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson will sign with Seattle Seahawks [8:29 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Playing behind a patchwork offensive line and with a mediocre quarterback in 2014, Jackson had 1,000 yards from scrimmage and set a career high with 66 catches while also having a career-low 3.7 yards per carry.'

Marker Matt Simms among 17 players cut by Buffalo Bills [8:28 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Simms, who is entering his fourth season in the NFL, still has practice squad eligibility if he passes through waivers unclaimed.'

Marker McCoy optimistic but won't say he'll play in Bills opener [8:27 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel good. It's just a matter of time," McCoy said Friday, while acknowledging he is still experiencing some pain when making certain cuts.'

Marker Seahawks reportedly strike deal with RB Jackson [8:26 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In his eight years in Buffalo, he rushed for 5,646 yards -- placing him third on the franchise's rushing list behind O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas.'

Marker Bills release LB Enemkpali, Simms [8:26 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Other Bills released Friday were offensive linemen William Campbell, Darryl Johnson and Alex Kupper, fullback John Conner, wide receiver Andre Davis, Dezmin Lewis and Tobais Palmer, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, linebacker Quentin Groves, running backs Bronson Hill and Cierre Wood, defensive end B.J. Larsen, cornerback Merrill Noel and former fifth-round guard Cyril Richardson.'

Marker Source: Seahawks, Fred Jackson agree to 1-year deal [8:24 PM]
ESPN reports: '"He's been a very good pass-catcher and [an] adept pass protector," Carroll said. "He's always been a good runner. He's got great feel and sense. Had a big run in the game last week. Had a 40-yard run in the game last week and scored a touchdown. But he's been a very adept pass-receiver, and I think that's something that maybe he could fit in."'

Marker McCoy participates in practice, Ryan still optimistic [8:22 PM] reports: '"I feel good. It’s just a matter of time,” he said. “We’ll wait and see how everything plays out. I’m going to control what I can control and that’s working hard and getting treatment so I can get out there. It’s a waiting process, just got to wait it out and see how I feel. ”'

Marker Leodis McKelvin to Reserve/NFI as Bills release 16 [4:43 PM] reports: 'McKelvin’s new designation (he had been on Active/PUP) means that he no longer counts toward a roster spot. The earliest he could return to the active roster would be the Tuesday after Week 6 (Oct. 13).'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan shouldn't give up on Dan Carpenter despite poor kicking in preseason [1:50 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But the Bills shouldn't give up on Carpenter just yet. In his first two years with the team, Carpenter has put up career highs in field goals made. Last year, he made six field goals of 50 or more yards. His performance since 2013 has made him one of the best kickers in the NFL.'

Marker Bills season preview: Buffalo becoming exciting [1:48 PM] reports: 'Predicted finish: No. 3 in AFC East, No. 9 in the AFC, No. 17 overall in Around the NFL's Power Poll.'

Marker Bills cut Enemkpali; place McKelvin on short-term IR [1:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Enemkpali appeared in three preseason games with Buffalo. His playing status was uncertain because the NFL could still discipline Enemkpali for punching Smith.'

Marker IK Enemkpali, who punched Jets quarterback Geno Smith, cut by Bills [1:45 PM]
New York Daily News reports: 'However, after a few weeks in Buffalo, Enemkpali is without a team again. It isn't entirely surprising — even before punching Smith, Enemkpali was far from a lock to make the Jets' roster.'

Marker Bills lag on style points in preseason finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We did some of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in football,” Ryan said. “That was awful. … Just some dumb things, so I’m not real happy.”'

Marker Bills’ first two games are tests, but not musts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What’s more critical, in my view, is how they play against Miami, Cincinnati and Kansas City, teams they could be fighting for a wild-card spot. Remember, a home loss to the Chiefs seriously damaged their playoff hopes a year ago.'

Marker Whaley says he didn’t act alone in cutting Jackson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s put it this way,” Whaley said. “I gather information from everybody, from the running backs coach to the offensive coordinator to the head coach and the owners. I wouldn’t be in this position – especially with new ownership – I’m going to include them.'

Marker Some tough decisions for Ryan & Bills [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the son of Phil, the former Giants star, didn’t look good against the Lions reserves, particularly in the critical area of decision-making. His passing stats were OK — 22-of-38 for 223 yards and a 74.8 passer rating — but he was also sacked three times and had a trio of fumbles, losing them all.'

Marker Rex Ryan upset with Bills kicker Dan Carpenter, says team will explore other options [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm tired of missing field goals," Ryan said. "We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley denies acting on his own in decision to cut Fred Jackson [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it's not an easy move," Whaley said. "It wasn't. He's been the heart and soul of not only our team but the community. It's one of those things where we decided it something we had to do and especially the timing we thought would be best for him and obviously look, he went out to Seattle and everything. But to say I acted alone ... that would be irresponsible for me to do something without informing the coaches, the owners, the running back coach, the offensive coordinator."'

Marker 5 players who made a final roster push in preseason finale [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ever since Ty Powell went down with a torn ACL, A.J. Tarpley has stepped into the backup MIKE linebacker role. While his adjustment wasn't completely smooth, Tarpley had a strong finish to the preseason against the Lions. He led the Bills with eight tackles, including two for loss, and looks like a lock to make the roster.'

Marker Dan Carpenter, Matt Simms struggle [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'All Simms proved is that he is, and likely always will be, a practice squad-level quarterback. His stats were somewhat respectable at 22 for 38 and 223 yards, but his yards per attempt was mediocre at best and he looked like the type of quarterback you would expect to play the majority of a meaningless preseason game.'

Marker Former NFL player a driving force for Auxiliary [1:51 AM]
Fayette County Citizen reports: '“It was tough. We played in a stadium we called the Old Rockpile and practiced in horse arenas among the manure, and parking lots,” Cunningham recalled. “We had to walk through the stands to go to and from the locker room. It was important to keep your helmet on and your chin strap buckled. Buffalo had great fans, but they weren’t too friendly during losing seasons.”'

Marker Lions beat Bills 17-10 in preseason finale [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We did some of the stupidest things I've ever seen in football," Bills coach Rex Ryan said. "It was awful. A football follies play, offside on a fourth down call on defense by a lineman."'

Marker Bills Close Out Preseason With 17-10 Loss in Detroit [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dan Carpenter connected on a 43-yard field goal late in the first half, tying the score 10-10, but a 40-yard attempt in the third bounced off the right upright. Carpenter, who may be on the bubble heading into final cuts, hit only 50 percent of his preseason field goal attempts (3 of 6). The Lions regained the lead in the final quarter on Zach Zenner's 3-yard run, capping a 37-yard drive that started after Simms' backward fumble.'

Marker Rex makes it clear he's unhappy with kicking game, will look at other kickers [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Certainly we’ve got some issues," he said. "Hell, we can’t make a field goal, so we better be looking for any guy who has ever kicked a football in his life. They will get an opportunity here. I'm tired of missing field goals. We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills cut Jackson to keep Bryce Brown around — it’s that simple.'

Marker Turnovers lift Lions over Bills [1:46 AM] reports: 'Matt Simms got the start at quarterback and went 22-38 passing for 223 yards, but was plagued by three turnovers all of which came on fumbles. Two came on loose center to quarterback exchanges. The third came when he was spun down by a defender as he tried to throw. The ball went backwards and was live and the Lions recovered.'

Marker LB Tarpley, WR Lewis save their best for last [1:45 AM] reports: 'Tarpley played the majority of the snaps against the Lions because of an injury to linebacker Tony Steward and he took advantage of his opportunity. He led the team with eight tackles, two of which resulted in a loss of yards. More notably, he called the plays throughout the night for the defense.'

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September 3, 2015

Marker Matt Simms just looks to 'survive' in Bills' preseason-finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“In this league, every time you play you are always auditioning for someone, whether it is your own teammates, your own coaches, whoever else is watching,” said Simms, who has thrown only eight passes in the preseason. “But, of course, anytime that you play football people are always watching. No matter who it is, you just got to go out there play, play hard, execute the play and just have fun.”'

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