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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2015

Marker More Bills QB intrigue with Manuel starting against Steelers [8:42 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So much for the so-called tradition of the third preseason game serving as a tune-up for the regular season, with starters getting their most extended action of the summer. On Saturday, the No. 1 QB spot will be divvied up three ways, with Manuel, Cassel and Taylor each working with the starting group in a rotation that likely will run through the first series of the third quarter.'

Marker Why Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills think Richie Incognito can be a leader for them [8:26 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think I'm finally getting back to somewhat normal," Incognito says. "I think it's just good to be in the rhythm of season, get in the rhythm of training camp, get going. Hopefully, I'll stop having to answer questions about what went down eventually but I understand it right now. Everyone's kind of curious. There's still a lot of stuff that's been untold. There's kind of the untold story, but I think as the season goes on and get in the natural progression and just talking about what's going on now."'

Marker EJ Manuel to start at QB against Steelers in exhibition [8:23 PM]
AP reports: 'The decision means all three quarterbacks competing for the No. 1 job will have had a start during this preseason.'

Marker QB Manuel will start for Bills vs. Steelers [8:22 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Remember, I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy," Ryan said last week. "Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.' We may know. But why would we say any difference? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part.'

Marker Bills' Manuel gets the start Saturday [8:21 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan did confirm that all three quarterbacks will get to play with the ones. The ones will play through the first series of the third quarter.'

Marker The Bills get some guys back for practice [8:21 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Boobie Dixon, Percy Harvin and Bryce Brown all took part in individual periods.'

Marker EJ stays low key after getting starting nod against Pittsburgh [8:19 PM] reports: '“I’m just excited to get the chance to go out there with the ones and start off the game however long I play,” Manuel said. “I just want to do a solid job like I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks and just run our offense. That’s what I want to do.”'

Marker DT Corbin Bryant always building his game [8:18 PM] reports: '“It was a tough journey,” Bryant said. “It was a journey of a lot of learning, a lot of physical development—my body has developed a lot better—and my mind has developed a lot better—I’ve been able to learn defense.”'

Marker Bills look to turn risks into rewards [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor is exciting. Can this 6-foot quarterback excel in the pocket consistently? That’s debatable.'

Marker Bills have tough decisions to make at WR [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As for the other two, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Andre Davis, and Dezmin Lewis are all in the mix, and Ryan and his coaching staff will surely be debating the pros and cons of each for quite a while.'

Marker Police: Bills' IK Enemkpali involved in 2011 catfishing-type incident [1:57 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The outside linebacker who punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker-room dispute missed his college team's 2011 season opener because he injured his hand when punching a man he thought was a woman with whom he had arranged to have sex, Outside the Lines has learned.'

Marker Ryan says team will likely name starter after 3rd preseason game [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's really been a situation that you wanted as a coach and that's all three guys playing well," Ryan said. "They're going to make the decision really tough for us. All three of them are doing an outstanding and you could make an argument for all three guys and who could be the started."'

Marker 2015 Training Camp Awards [1:55 AM] reports: 'Another defensive tackle gets the nod here. DT Corbin Bryant in three short seasons has gone from practice squad player to the first man off the bench when one of the starting defensive linemen is down with an injury. Bryant, aside from a minor knee injury, had a solid camp and showed the new defensive staff he can be trusted.'

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August 26, 2015

Marker Mixed signals still abound in quarterback race [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Ryan said that Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and EJ Manuel “have performed at a really high level” in the Bills’ two preseason games, none of the three looked all that exceptional as the Bills wrapped up their 16th camp at St. John Fisher College. Taylor had the best day, but that had a bit less to do with exceptional work on his part than it did with Cassel’s struggles to connect with receivers and Manuel’s issues with keeping the ball out of the hands of defenders.'

Marker Manny Lawson has a 'full plate' in Buffalo's defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Wherever the coaches want to put me, I'm excited to be on the field and my role being expanded," Lawson said. "I rush the quarterback, cover man to man and drop in the zone. So I've got a full plate."'

Marker Preseason games prove dangerous [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Considering the siege of injuries on the team and around the NFL, I imagine many of the Bills wish that Rex Ryan would call a merciful end to training camp and allow his guys to spend the next 18 days playing video games.'

Marker Williams showing few signs of wear and tear [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s been blessed to have some unique genes,” Bills defensive line coach Karl Dunbar said. “There’s things you hear about him, but he comes to work, works hard, and that’s what I love about him.”'

Marker Tyler Dunne's practice report: Day 17 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's still no clear-cut starting quarterback. LeSean McCoy, the focal point on offense, might not be able to start the regular season. The pass rush should be dangerous again. Sammy Watkins, when a full go, dominated. Corey Graham is the starting safety (not Duke Williams). Sentrel Henderson won his right tackle job back.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day 17 report [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan insists it's a three-way battle and that he and the rest of the coaches are focused on trying to give each contestant an equal opportunity. But Manuel is the only one of the three working with the scout team and getting minimal chances with the starters.'

Marker 5 things I learned at Bills training camp [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We definitely expect to be in the playoffs," said Ryan. "We said that from Day One, no qualms about it, we expect to be in there. We realize a lot of things can happen, but we have a good football team. Give me the team that has talent and is committed to what we're doing and all in it together, I think we have a great chance."'

Marker Can these Bills break curse? [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' "The bottom line is that we haven't been good enough collectively as a team to win and make it,'' Williams said. "We've had bad breaks, this and that, that kept us out of it. But good teams make things happen. I think this year we have the guys that can make good things happen.'''

Marker The dollars and sense of Bills camp [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was the 16th year for Bills Camp at St. John Fisher. Accounts from other colleges — public universities that are, by definition, more transparent — indicate that whatever is charged is just enough to cover, or not quite cover expenses. The true benefit, cliche as it might sound, is the exposure, the side benefits like internships for students, and exclusive access events for alumni.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel: 'I love it here and I want to stay here' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think you've got to live life with no regrets. So however this situation plays out, I'm going to be the best teammate I can be, and just go like that."'

Marker Percy Harvin, LeSean McCoy progress in rehab [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Trainers are blown away with Percy's commitment to getting back out there," Rex Ryan said after practice.'

Marker The NFL’s Best Practice: No Wasted Time [1:48 AM]
Wall Street Journal reports: 'So Roman devised a plan to change the way Buffalo practices. The first part is to effectively split practice into two practices on separate parts of the field, so that everyone is running a play at all times—and there’s no more standing around.'

Marker Bills close camp with playoffs-or-bust expectations [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Calling this the best team he's been a part of, the eighth-year player said "without a doubt" that the Bills have a playoffs-or-bust mentality in a bid to end a 15-season playoff drought.'

Marker Rex Ryan Has Found the Next Darrelle Revis [1:46 AM]
SI reports: 'Or, he’s right enough. Maybe Revis, one of the best cover corners in history and the best of his era, is technically peerless. But the larger point—that Gilmore is an elite, shutdown artist—will prove to be true. Gilmore is long and strong. He understands angles and timing. He’s fluid and can contort and readjust his body in confined areas. Last season, he was impermeable in both man and zone. That was in a No. 4 ranked Bills defense whose strength was its secondary.'

Marker Ryan: Bills haven’t had discussions about Ray Rice [1:45 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“No. Absolutely not,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan told Sportsnet 590 The Fan in an interview that will air Wednesday morning on Dean Blundell & Co.'

Marker Four things we learned from Bills training camp [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting offensive line has done a nice job. The Bills are far, far better in the interior than they were a year ago now with Richie Incognito and John Miller at guard surrounding Eric Wood at center. Cordy Glenn has been steady at left tackle and Seantrel Henderson has really stepped up his game on the right edge.'

Marker Bills' Ryan has this training camp thing down [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Ryan’s first trip to Fisher and he really was impressed, “I can’t thank everybody involved with St. John Fisher College enough, the staff here has been really incredible, first rate. It couldn’t have gone any better. But really from the weather, the people here, and the fans coming out it really added to training camp. I thought it was terrific. I think we got a lot done. Obviously in training camp it’s kind of tough because you’re installing new systems at the same time you’re evaluating your players. There’s so much going into it and you hope your team is coming together. I think we accomplished all that type of stuff. We’re not complete, but we are way ahead of the game and as we get ready to break camp, I couldn’t be happier with it.”'

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