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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2017

Marker Bills fans should hope all those penalties aren't a red flag for team trying to change its imag [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo committed 13 penalties, with 10 marched off for 106 yards. Two were declined, and another was offset by a Vikings flag.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: A new, improved Tyrod Taylor? I wouldn't bet on it. [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I happen to share that dubious perception, which won't come as any surprise. It starts with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whom I dismissed long ago as the sort of passer who could not carry an NFL team to the promised land, or anywhere close.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Jonathan Williams shines in Bills' preseason opener [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In that case, the two Bills who stood out against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field were running back Jonathan Williams and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Jonathan Williams gives the Bills a good sign Thursday [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the most simple terms, the Bills need Williams to be good this year. When Mike Gillislee signed with New England, the Bills lost a capable, trusted backup. Williams was one of the biggest unknowns coming into training camp. He was barely used as a rookie, and struggled with fumbles when he was called on.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Team plays it safe with Cordy Glenn and Shaq Lawson, Reggie Wayne likes what Anquan [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Now they've got a veteran presence in that receiving room who can help a Sammy Watkins and get him on track," said Wayne, the former Indianapolis Colts' great turned NFL Network analyst. "At the same time, he's going to be one of those guys who can come in on third down, make a tight catch, keep the chains moving. He's not going to be a guy who's going to take the top off the secondary. But he's going to be a guy who can work the inside ... work in between the hash and the numbers. Just his presence on that team, he can kind of lead the way, show these young players how to be a true professional."'

Marker Bills Notebook: Jonathan Williams steps in for LeSean McCoy; linebacker competition heating up [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just a few minutes later, though, Williams had good news – saying his injury was "not bad at all" and that he "could have kept playing if they needed me to." As it turns out, there was no need for Williams to get back in the lineup. This was the first exhibition game of the season, after all, and the end result – a 17-10 win for the Vikings in front of 60,459 at New Era Field – wasn't all that important.'

Marker Reggie Wayne sees Anquan Boldin as an ideal leader for Bills' young receivers [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like the signing. I think he can go in and contribute," Wayne said. "I don't see him having an 80-catch year. But if he can get somewhere in the 30s to 50 catches on the year, I think that will be real productive for him."'

Marker Cameron Rehkow, younger brother of Bills rookie Austin who's battling leukemia, attends preseas [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The youngest of four Rehkow boys was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2016. Cameron was supposed to attend Austin's Senior Night last December, but an unexpected sickness prevented him from doing so. With Cameron on FaceTime during the Senior Night ceremonies, Austin told his younger brother he'd get to see him play again, not knowing if he'd be able to fulfill his promise.'

Marker Better days ahead? Bills' under-25 talent ranked highly by ESPN [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have a few under-25 starters in significant roles this season," wrote Scott Kacsmar. "Sammy Watkins is the team's leading receiver and a quality playmaker when he's healthy, though his presence here matters less for his team than most of these young players because the Bills did not pick up his fifth-year option. Cornerback Ronald Darby charted much better in 2015 than he did last year, but he's starter material. Kevon Seymour charted well in limited opportunities as a sixth-round pick last year and should compete for the nickel corner job, vacated by Nickell Robey-Coelman. Right guard John Miller is important to Buffalo's run-heavy offense, and he finished second at his position in snaps per blown block. Linebacker Preston Brown struggles to stop the run, but has a surprising knack for big plays and led the NFL with 31 defeats in 2016."'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Looking for organization, Sammy/Anquan sizzle & Eddie' [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'First preseason games present their own sets of challenges. By nature, they're sloppy, with an over-inflated roster loaded with players who not only won't be playing with the Bills, but nowhere else in the NFL after their release. So if the more disciplined and highly structured approach of the new coach is able to show up Thursday night, that will be a reasonably strong sign that the Bills will operate with with a level of efficiency that they didn't have in enough of their games last season. Especially on defense.'

Marker Even for expats, the Bills are as much a way of life as a sport [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The crowds at the stadium whenever the Bills won just rocks your soul," said the Buffalo native. "No place like home."'

Marker The usual follies dominated the preseason opener as Bills lose 17-10 to Vikings [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It continues to boggle the mind that the NFL gets away with charging regular-season prices for these games, but it’s the NFL, and it can do anything it wants because the American sports fan can’t get enough of its sport.'

Marker Pollock: Score not the only gauge for Bills, McDermott in preseason opener [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’ve got a long list of things to improve on and that starts with me. There’s a lot to learn from. Good coaches … good teams make the jump (to improve) from Game 1 to Game 2.”'

Marker Tyrod Taylor targets Sammy Watkins early, often in Buffalo Bills' preseason opener [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It felt great," Watkins said after the game. "Just to be getting hit. That was the best feeling to get back on the field. I think that's all it took was getting tackled, a couple of balls. The first game is like flying bullets out there. I just had to get acclimated."'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings: Sammy Watkins, Jonathan Williams shine (11 observations from preseason opener) [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor got three series with the first-team offense before the Bills’ pulled the starters out of the game. He briefly got checked by trainers after taking a sack but didn’t miss a play. The Bills mustered only three points on those three drives, but Taylor had some positive moments. He finished 5-for-8 passing for 46 yards and escaped a sack for a gain of two yards. The most encouraging sign from Taylor was how often he was looking Sammy Watkins’ way.'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Minnesota Vikings [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough started in place of Shaq Lawson on Thursday night and the defensive end continued his strong play. Yarbrough finished the game with three total tackles, one sack and one near-sack during his time on the field. It seems that the defensive end is well on his way to making the Bills' 53-man roster.'

Marker QB Nathan Peterman impresses teammates in Buffalo Bills debut (what they're saying) [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Peterman hardly thinks he’s arrived. He knows training camp has been a struggle at times, and even his debut had some rough patches. But, man, did it feel good to just play.'

Marker Why Reggie Wayne thinks Buffalo Bills made a 'perfect' signing in Anquan Boldin [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now they've got a veteran presence in that receiving room who can help a Sammy Watkins and get him on track,"Wayne said. "At the same time, he's going to be one of those guys who can come in on third down, make a tight catch, keep the chains moving. He's not going to be a guy who's going to take the top off the secondary. But he's going to be a guy who can work the inside ... work in between the hash and the numbers. Just his presence on that team, he can kind of lead the way, show these young players who to be a true professional."'

Marker Man of character: Buffalo Bills rookie Zay Jones plays for those who believe in him [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Talk to people at ECU and in Greenville, and you might believe Zay Jones has character you can only dream about. Name a box, and Jones checks it. He set an NCAA career record with 399 catches, had a 3.6 GPA and led the team in community service hours. He set the standard in the weight room and learned every wide receiver position in the Pirates’ offense. Now he’s preparing for his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills after getting drafted in the second round.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings: Anquan Boldin among 6 players inactive [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Boldin just signed with the team, so him not dressing isn't a shock. Meanwhile, Lawson is dealing with a groin injury, Glenn and Seymour have dealt with foot soreness and Davis and Butler have concussions.'

Marker Bills: All aboard the Peterman Express [1:38 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"(Peterman) moved the offense," McDermott said. "His first chance to get out there in an NFL game, I thought he handled himself well, was poised, showed great composure, did face some pressure, which was expected and did a nice job."'

Marker 5 takeaways from the Bills preseason opener against the Vikings [1:37 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Nothing's changed: Count em'. Ten penalties, 106 yards. Ouch. The Bills had a big problem taking too many penalties under former head coach Rex Ryan, and that appears to be continuing under McDermott. Comparatively, Minnesota took three for 36 yards. In addition, four times the Bills took penalties during a special teams play. Can't be doing that.'

Marker Keenum leads Vikings to 17-10 preseason win over Bills [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Taylor also avoided a scare when he came up limping after Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen fell on him for an 11-yard sack on Buffalo's opening drive. Taylor completed the series and was evaluated under a tent on the sideline before being cleared to return.'

Marker Keenum, Heinicke lift Vikings over Bills [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's rookie quarterback, Nathan Peterman, completed 13 of 25 attempts for 112 yards and tossed a 1-yard touchdown to Dez Lewis to make it 17-10 with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Final: Vikings 17 - Bills 10 [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. Nate Peterman converted a 4th down to Daikeil Shorts to keep the game alive, but a bad snap ended the game on the next set of downs.'

Marker Bills: Some old problems crop up in preseason game number one [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I thought the first team defense looked very sharp. Jerry Hughes got a sack and Eddie Yarbrough had two filling in for the injured Shaq Lawson. Yarbrough has had a very good training camp and is making a very early bid to make this team and contribute.'

Marker CAPACCIO: Bills-Vikings: Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There were a lot of things different about Sean McDermott's team as opposed to Rex Ryan's team, even down to the end of the field the team warmed up (the tunnel end for the first time anyone I've spoken to can remember). But, this wasn't one of those things that was too different than what we’ve seen before. Too many times over the last couple years the Bills have hurt themselves with too many penalties. They did again in McDermott’s first game you as head coach, being called for 10 of them for 106 yards. Several were on special teams alone, which was notable. McDermott said after the game he can deal with aggressive penalties but not pre-snap flags. That's were several came from. It will have to be cleaned up.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Bills - Vikings (8/11/17) [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Cinderella story of training camp is now turning into the underdog story of the preseason. Eddie Yarbrough, who went from Denver Broncos 2016 training camp castoff, to 2017 Buffalo Bills afterthought, is now pushing to become the fan favorite to make the roster.'

Marker Bills Fans Pumped for Preseason Opener [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“I’m getting goose bumps. I’m serious though. Football is back and it’s the Buffalo Bills and there’s changes - all kinds of changes,” George Lewis, a Bills fan, said.'

Marker Second half push gets Vikes win over Bills [1:29 AM] reports: 'The Vikings broke a 3-3 halftime tie with a pair of third quarter touchdown drives and spoiled head coach Sean McDermott’s preseason debut in a 17-10 victory over the Bills.'

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