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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2016

Marker Washington holds on in win over Bills [1:45 AM] reports: 'The Bills put together a field goal drive at the end of the half led by EJ Manuel and Jonathan Williams ran for a 37-yard touchdown to cut the lead to five in the third quarter. But that’s as close as Buffalo would get in a 21-16 final.'

Marker Watkins gets game action under his belt [1:44 AM] reports: '“It felt pretty good. I think I needed it. It’s something I wanted to do,” said Watkins. “I knew I needed it. Things were moving a little faster than I had seen in practice. It was live and that’s the type of reps that you need coming off an injury or not playing as much.”'

Marker TE Gragg, CB Dowling suffer serious injuries [1:43 AM] reports: 'Ryan was referring to Washington safety De’Angelo Hall. Flagged for unnecessary roughness on the previous series for a late hit on a run play, Hall submarined Gragg on a 3rd-and-13 play when the tight end caught a short pass over the middle. The tight end was pinwheeled by Hall’s hit and sustained the ACL knee injury.'

Marker Several Bills starters not expected to dress vs. Washington [1:42 AM] reports: '“It’s a much different year for us injury-wise and other things that have factored in,” said Ryan. “I see how we play every day. Our team has done well to this point in the preseason. At this point it’s most important for us to get to the opening game healthy. We have to be smart about it.”'

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August 26, 2016

Marker Bills pride: Fans prepare for worst, hope for best with upcoming season [2:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every year we have high hopes going into the season, and they kind of break our heart in a way,” Vossler said in the Allegany-based restaurant he owns with his wife. “This is kind of standard. There’s always issues and stuff."'

Marker Five things to watch for in Bills' third preseason game against Washington [2:29 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The debut of Sammy Watkins. Ryan said the Bills No. 1 receiver will play for the first time in the preseason. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor explained why that will be valuable for the offense. If Taylor and Watkins can pick up where they left off at the end of 2015, it will be a very good thing for the offense.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills Thoughts: Shutdown defense, someone has to catch on, running strong [2:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A hell of a lot further along than we were last year," Ryan said. "I mean, that goes without saying, but I think it’s pretty obvious. Just every day in practice, that’s a different defense than it was last year, thank goodness.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor eager to get Sammy Watkins back on the field Friday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“People that I’ll lean on said that it was best to just get him through this spot and then we’ll build him up to play in this game,” the coach said. “So I wasn’t going to just throw him out there and I was the only one that felt that way.”'

Marker Backup OL Ryan Groy battling to win Bills roster spot [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s made a pretty good account of himself,” Ryan said of Groy, who acknowledged he’s in the drivers’ seat for that role. “We have to come up with someone who can be a swing center/guard, we have to look for that.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2016: Predicting roster before third preseason game [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With the departure of Karlos Williams, the Bills' running back depth chart has settled into place. James Wilder Jr. and Dan Herron have a lot of ground to make up in the final two preseason games if either one wants to pass Jonathan Williams on the depth chart.'

Marker Things to watch in Bills third preseason game vs. Washington [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The battle at receiver isn’t close to being over. At the final media session prior to Friday’s game, Ryan confirmed Marquise Goodwin is in concussion protocol after hitting the back of his head on the ground trying to make a catch. Goodwin was slated as the No. 3 receiver behind Watkins and Robert Woods. Rex essentially called out Dez Lewis, Walt Powell and Greg Salas to step it up. Greg Little is also a factor.'

Marker Bills OT Henderson thriving after battle with Crohn's disease [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As of right now, I've been out for a while so it's all about competing," Henderson said. "Whatever the outcome is, of course I would love to start. Jordan has it right now and he's my teammate and I wish the best for him and he wishes the best for me. Early on I had some of those doubts (that my career was in jeopardy), I didn't know what the future had set for me, I just kept doing everything the doctor said, eating right and moving forward to get back on the field," he said. "Not a lot's different, just the diet, certain things I have to stay away from. Stay away from the stuff know I have to stay away from and I think I'll be fine."'

Marker The Buddy System [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But that's the reality of being a Ryan. You're born with extra-thick skin. By the time Rex and Rob were in second grade, they knew they wanted to be coaches, just like their dad. Around that same time, Jim also knew they'd be trouble.'

Marker Kathryn Smith, the NFL's first female full-time coach, is not thinking about history [1:53 AM]
SI reports: '“My focus really is on my job, coaching and doing the best I can at it,” Smith told me earlier this month at Bills training camp, at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester. “I do recognize that my role has some significance, but that has never been in the front of my mind, or been my motivation. I didn’t really look at it in that light until after the fact, sort of until everyone else started to.'

Marker Gilmore deal number one priority for the Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Entering his fifth season in the National Football League, Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore will likely receive a pretty high pay raise this off-season. Gilmore's base salary could go from a little over $2 million a year to around $11 million.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Washington (8/26/16) [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: ' Perhaps a bit earlier than expected, the Bills welcomed former starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson back to the practice field this week. Henderson, who started 26 games for the Bills over the last two seasons, had a serious battle with Crohn’s disease that left some to ponder if he’d be able to play again. Now Henderson is back on the field, and it immediately led to the question about his potential availability and playing level for the 2016 season.'

Marker Scouting Report - Buffalo-Washington [1:50 AM] reports: 'A pair of starters will see preseason action for the first time on Friday at Washington. OLB Manny Lawson and WR Sammy Watkins will both see playing time at FedEx Field. Lawson has been practicing the past two weeks in his return from a partially torn pectoral muscle. Watkins has had his reps in practice closely monitored throughout training camp and the athletic training and medical staff believes now is the appropriate time for Watkins to see game action.'

August 25, 2016

Marker Much-traveled Worthy thinks he’s found a home with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was a new area, and a different rehab process,” he said. “Having to train my core back up again, to be able to handle offensive lineman, that definitely was the biggest thing I had to overcome. It takes a long time to get back from certain types of injuries.”'

Marker Blanton tries to make Bills roster [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I thought it was a great opportunity with great coaches,” Blanton said. “You get to learn from a bevy of great coaches: Tim McDonald, Ed Reed, D.T. (Dennis Thurman), Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan. You can’t get a better group of guys to learn from.”'

Marker Bills RB Mike Gillislee named fantasy football breakout option in deep leagues [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gillislee certainly flashed talent during his short stint with the Bills in 2015. In five games with Buffalo, the running back rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 47 attempts, a 5.7 yard per carry average. He had carries of 30, 50 and 60 yards during the five games.'

Marker Buffalo Bills quarterback Cardale Jones is ready for Madden 17 challengers [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones will be tough to beat with 99 ratings across the board, and he won't take it easy on you. Remember, Jones once went to a children's hospital to visit patients and he ran up the score against one young boy named Jared.'

Marker Little’s success a good sign for Bills [1:55 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I was happy for (Little),” Manuel said. “(Little) is one of those guys that is very hungry, always wanting the ball. When we were about to snap the ball he said, ‘Hey E, give me a look.’ I was the corner pressed up on him and gave him a chance.”'

Marker Injuries, suspensions plagued Bills at training camp [1:54 AM]
AP reports: '"It's been a piece of cake, really," Ryan said with a distinct roll of his eyes, when asked how taxing camp had been.'

Marker Somebody created a monster in Bills corner Stephon Gilmore [1:53 AM]
The Sporting News reports: '"You have to be mentally strong and believe in your worth. Sometimes you look at it and say, ‘why me.’ They can’t afford you or they want you at a certain number. It’s something you have to pray about, weigh on, take everybody’s advice that’s around you, in your corner. Because that’s sometimes a life-changing decision that you make."'

Marker Friday's game very important for these four bubble players [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The second-year player is making a push as of late to make the final roster after seemingly being buried down the depth chart. But it’s still going to be a very tough call at the position. O’Leary is the leading receiver at tight end this preseason, with 3 catches for 43 yards in the first two games. He does a lot of things well, but the problem is he doesn’t do anything exceptionally well. If he can put together another strong performance Friday night he could be on the right side of the bubble headed into the final week.'

Marker How to Watch Bills vs. Redskins [1:51 AM] reports: 'WKBW-TV Buffalo, WHAM-TV Rochester, WTVH-TV Syracuse.'

August 24, 2016

Marker Handing out the hardware: The Buffalo News' 2016 training camp awards [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s hard to think of anything the Bills’ new franchise quarterback has done wrong the entire offseason.'

Marker Time for Bills players to repay Rex for his loyalty [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If they repaid that loyalty, a winning culture might actually take root.'

Marker Dareus photos make bad situation look worse [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dareus’ decision reminded people just how seriously he approached, or was oblivious to, his situation. Never mind the people who believed in him, or team that supported him, or the fans who made him a rich man. In his mind, it’s not about them. As usual, it was about him.'

Marker Bryson Albright's roster push, the cornerback battle, an amazing photo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bryson Albright, not Eric Striker, is the undrafted free agent to watch.'

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