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Buffalo Bills News - May 22, 2015

Marker Phase 2 over; Bills begin OTAs next week [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Per CBA rules, teams are only allowed three days of OTA activities through the first two weeks of Phase Three. The Bills will hold OTAs next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (May 26-27, 29) with a voluntary offseason conditioning day on Thursday, May 28. The remaining seven days they are allowed to have OTAs will take place over the following two weeks. Here is the full schedule of Bills OTA dates...'.

Marker Marcell Dareus suspended one game [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dareus will miss the team's season opener in Orchard Park against the Inianapolis Colts on September 13. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games and will be eligible to play week two at home against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on September 20.'

Marker Sal's current Bills All-90 depth chart [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will use a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive look. That will change how they line up and who is considered a NT, DT, DE, and LB. So, to simplify things here and not use two separate charts, I separated the "true DL" and "true LB" (who are primarily ILB) from the hybrid 4-3 DE/3-4 LB players.'

Marker NFL suspends Marcell Dareus for season-opener [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance. The NFL’s discipline for this conduct is part of the drug policy, and I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistake. I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in week two for the Bills.”'

Marker Bills HOFer Reed to mentor wideouts this summer [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Having Andre here—when I heard he was interested we jumped all over that opportunity--bringing in a Hall of Fame receiver--one of Buffalo’s own--we are really excited about it,” said Ryan.'

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May 21, 2015

Marker Bills O-line is facing steep learning curve [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re in the learning process right now,” Kromer said. “Is John Miller learning quickly? I would say yes. He has a good background coming out of college and when we interviewed him for the draft, we knew that he had the ability to learn quickly and to adapt to technique just through our interviews, so it’s been a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a long way to go.'

Marker Longer PAT won’t unsettle Carpenter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Using those parameters, Carpenter is expected to have a 4.5 percent loss in effectiveness, second only to Tucker (3.1) in the NFL. That number comes from subtracting Carpenter’s career success rate on field goals from 30 to 39 yards (94.5) from his success rate on extra points (99).'

Marker Erin Kelly humbled by response to ‘Kelly Tough’ [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s really been an honor to be on all these shows and have the opportunity to share what our family has been through over the past year, two years,” Erin said by phone. “Ultimately, through every one, my main message to get across is through ‘Kelly Tough,’ I wanted to encourage people to be courageous and live fearlessly. Because no one is guaranteed tomorrow. We don’t know what our next breath holds, so cherish every moment as if it’s our last.”'

Marker Math says Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills will benefit from the NFL's extra-point rule change [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Pentis calculated that by taking the number of extra points Carpenter attempted in 2014 (32) and multiplied it by Carpenter's career percentage on field goals between 30 and 39 yards (the new distance of the extra point). That came out to 30.25, just 1.75 points shy of the 32 expected from 32 extra point attempts. Only two other kickers, Baltimore's Justin Tucker and Denver's Connor Barth, would have been better in 2014.'

Marker Breaking down Buffalo Bills top 2015 draft pick Ronald Darby with Donnie Henderson and Dennis Thurma [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Since we've had him, I've been impressed with how he prepares himself. He's sharp. He comprehends things, he retains it very well and once we get out here, he applies it. I've been pretty impressed. You don't see that happen all the time. Some guys come in and you have to wait a little longer for that light to click."'

Marker Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn not worried about LeSean McCoy's age, wants him to get 300 carries [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I guess I have a year or two left," McCoy quipped. "Everybody's different. Everybody's body's different. The way I play the game, I never take really direct blows. Knock on wood, I never really miss games and so I feel comfortable in my ability."'

Marker The extra point change: A kicker's approach [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It changes everything,” Carpenter told Buffalobills.com. “For starters you’ve got to look at the teams that play in cold weather. It’s obviously going to get cold and windy and it’s going to be more difficult for those guys to kick extra points than it will be for the guys playing down south in nice weather and in domes.”'

Marker Kyle Williams named among NFL's top 100 players [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Announced on NFL Network’s Top 100 Wednesday night, Williams was ranked 72nd overall by his NFL brethren in the countdown from 80-71.'

May 20, 2015

Marker Brown’s missed time puts him behind other Bills backs [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason, but yes, it will set him back,” he said. “I mean, he’s five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it’s going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That’s one of my biggest concerns, but, you know, he’s got the playbook. Hopefully he’s taking care of his business and hopefully he’ll come in in great shape and we’ll see what happens.”'

Marker Bills wrap up contract with Ronald Darby; have entire 2015 draft class signed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team did not release terms of the contract, but under the league's rookie wage scale, Darby's deal is expected to be worth about $4.5 million over its duration. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback won a national championship during his college career at Florida State, finishing with 79 tackles and 16 passes defensed in 42 games, with 23 starts.'

Marker 'Kelly Tough' a book about faith, love [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I wish that wasn't the story, my dad going through cancer," she said. "After reading through it and reliving each moment again, I was able to see what an encouragement our story can be to other people. If we had to go through that pain and suffering to give someone else hope, then the words and everything in the book is so worth it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign top 2015 NFL Draft pick Ronald Darby [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'During his last season at Florida State, Darby was targeted once every 10.1 snaps, the fewest of any cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was also the fastest cornerback at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash. The high-school track star has been clocked at 6.28 seconds in the 55-meter dash and 21.05 seconds in the 200-meter dash.'

Marker Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed accepts coaching internship with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We are going to do the work and put it in the dirt, and I hope I can help get these guys ready for a big year," Reed said in a statement released through his agency.'

Marker Greg Roman: EJ Manuel falling out of favor with Buffalo Bills 'the furthest thing from the trut [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Speculation is the key word there," Roman said. "I don't believe whoever's saying that, and it's the furthest thing from the truth. He's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job. There's a lot of clay to mold there as well. Whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from. The answer is no, he's doing a good job."'

Marker Bryce Brown, Chris Williams not participating in Buffalo Bills voluntary workouts [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Rookie guard John Miller has been working in place of Williams, who carries a $3.4 million cap hit for 2015. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer says the Bills will continue to rotate along the offensive line throughout the offseason, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he has been blown away by Miller, who the Bills drafted in the third round.'

Marker Bills sign rookie cornerback Darby to 4-year, $4.6M deal [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Darby's signing means the Bills have all six of their rookie draft picks under contract.'

Marker CB Darby signs with Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With the Bills returning Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin as the starting corners, Darby is expected to contend for a backup role.'

Marker Darby signs, all Bills picks under contract [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 5-11, 195-pound Darby finished his Seminoles career with 79 tackles and 16 pass breakups over 42 career games. As a freshman in 2012, he was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.'

Marker Bills receivers coach: Watkins 'has desire to be great' [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It is rare to find someone with that athletic talent that has the heart and desire to be great,” Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal said Tuesday. “We have a saying: ‘What’s good enough, isn’t.’ For many guys good enough is good enough. For Sammy that doesn’t be the case.”'

Marker Bills cap draft class with Ronald Darby signing [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Athletic, fast, that’s why we drafted him,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman in describing Darby. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy from what we saw in the rookie minicamp, but he hasn’t gone up against the big time NFL receiver. Usually if you can cover, you can cover. It usually doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s been pretty impressive so far.”'

Marker Mental acuity gives G John Miller inside track [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He might be the opening guy there,” said head coach Rex Ryan in a radio interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning. “He’s been very impressive. I think right now that’s the most important thing just because we’re not going up against anybody. But this guy has a big, wide, square body and we are hitting bags and his technique is pretty good. He has really been impressive.'

Marker 7 developments from Bills offseason workouts [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re in the learning process right now,” said Kromer. “Is John Miller learning quickly? I would say yes. He has a good background coming out of college and when we interviewed him for the draft we knew that he had the ability to learn quickly and to adapt a technique just through our interviews. So it’s been a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a long way to go.”'

May 19, 2015

Marker Bills won’t overlook their passing game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve been in offenses where you’ll go game plan and you’ll come up with a great scheme and then you get into the meeting and then you say, ‘Well, who’s going to run that route? We don’t have that guy. Who’s going to do this? Well, we don’t have him,’ ” Lal said. “So these great plays that would work, that we know are going to work, are thrown out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign sixth-round pick Tony Steward to rookie contract [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have room to add depth at linebacker, so Steward has a shot to make the roster. Bills coach Rex Ryan has praised Steward's football intelligence and his willingness to contribute on special teams.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills LB Brandon Spikes signs with Patriots, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Spikes may have to do some backtracking on his comments about the Patriots, but don't expect the veteran linebacker to send much trash talk back to Buffalo. He enjoyed his time in Buffalo, but the two sides weren't on the same page about his role going forward.'

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