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Buffalo Bills News - February 5, 2016

Marker Bruce DeHaven relieved that he's cleared air with Wade Phillips [7:24 PM]
USA Today reports: '“I, of course, had a big problem (with Phillips) because we had pretty good special teams there for 13 years and now I had to up and move my family across the country in a situation that I thought was patently unfair,” DeHaven said. “But I understood. Somebody needs to take the blame when something like that happens.”'

Marker Ryan gets why Bills might pursue QB in the draft, but he's 'not done with EJ Manuel' [7:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ll see,” Ryan said. “I’m not done with EJ Manuel, either (as a backup to Tyrod Taylor). I think EJ’s got the talent, the size and all that stuff. Sometimes, guys just take a little bit longer to develop, so we’ll see how that goes.”'

Marker Wade Phillips will be difference in Super Bowl [7:17 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The decision by late general manager John Butler to leave for San Diego pulled the rug from under Phillips’ feet and there was no stopping his dismissal despite a 29-19 record with two playoff appearances. His 1999 No. 1-ranked defense was, like Denver’s is now, good enough to win a Super Bowl with.'

Marker 16 quarterbacks to know for Bills, Part 2 [7:05 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Brissett is one of those intriguing mid-round options the Bills have likely referred to. He has fantastic physical skills which will help in the interim as he — as a team would hope — better as a passer. Having Tyrod Taylor affords them enough time to keep Brissett far away from the field this year, and even keeping EJ Manuel on the roster, if Brissett isn’t ready to take over backup duties straight away.'

Marker TE Vernon Davis on Greg Roman: 'He’ll be a great head coach one day' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s creative. Very creative," said Davis, who's now in Denver. "And he socializes with his teammates. He keeps it all business but then he has a side to him where he’s just a good dude. I had a grand opening of my art gallery out here in San Jose and he came to support me. He kind of fits the mold of a head guy. He’ll be a great head coach one day because he has those qualities.'

Marker Bills announce club seats are available [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tickets are available for the indoor Time Warner Cable Business Class and Goal Line clubs as well as the outdoor Jim Kelly, Paul Maguire and Van Miller clubs.'

Marker DeHaven battles cancer, maintains perspective [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Panthers’ march to a 17-1 record has been inspired by DeHaven’s steadfast, unselfish resolve, commuting all season to Buffalo’s Roswell Park for treatments; his primary residence is still in Buffalo where his family lives.'

Marker In free agent OT market, Bills can find a little of everything [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Schwartz has emerged as one of the better young right tackles in the league, but playing in Cleveland, doesn’t get the recognition he may deserve or some others at his position get. He has started every single game of his four-year career after being selected in the second round in 2012. He’s the brother of Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, and some believe New York will pursue him to have the brothers tandem on their right side.'

Marker Bills building blocks in place for quick turnaround in 2016 [1:55 AM] reports: 'Just by scanning around the Buffalo locker room, Taylor can easily identify the building blocks for the Bills future success. He’s got a Pro Bowl running back in LeSean McCoy, who battled through injuries to help make Buffalo the number one rushing attack in the NFL.'

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February 4, 2016

Marker Value of top CBs will resonate with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darrelle Revis received a five-year, $70 million contract. Richard Sherman inked with Seattle at five years, $59 million. Joe Haden signed a six-year, $75 million deal. Gilmore may seek a contract in this stratosphere, so it's on Buffalo to prioritize which positions matter most on this roster. Much money is already tied up in running back, tight end, the defensive line and the Bills are still skating by on the cheap at quarterback.'

Marker Boomer Esiason and Trent Green like what they see in Bills QB Tyrod Taylor... but must see more [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I still have to see a lot more. A lot more," Esiason said. "I know that Coach Ryan was real excited about his athleticism and all of the things that you love. And this is Tyrod’s first time starting. So let’s not jump to conclusions one way or the other. The good thing about Tyrod is he cares. He wants to do it. So that’s the first part that you have to get. I think the limited success he had this year is going to bode well for him going into next year. Even they are not sure if he’s the long-term answer. Only time will tell.”'

Marker Phillips enjoys the view from a coaching pinnacle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was asked what went through his mind as that fateful final kickoff return was unfolding in Nashville that day. “When I was standing on the sidelines, I knew it was a forward lateral,” he said, “so I thought they were going to bring it back. If they had HD in those days, we wouldn’t be sitting here. I’d be a head coach somewhere.”'

Marker Tyrod Taylor, wearing a $2,500 hat, says Buffalo Bills can make playoffs in 2016 [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think it's something that we can accomplish next year," Taylor said. "It's definitely not going to be easy. Each year presents its own challenges. But I think we have the team to do it. Walking into it, of course, from the other teammates, they didn't know who their starting quarterback was going to be. They were kind of mislead early on. Once we figured out who the quarterback was, we were able go out there and start making things happen. But I think to get onto the playoffs is definitely something we can do next year."'

Marker Javier Arenas getting another NFL opportunity [1:55 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'A player signed to a reserve/future contract can be added to an NFL team's roster when it expands from 53 to 90 players for the offseason on March 9, the first day of the NFL's 2016 calendar. The reserve/future players are eligible to participate in offseason workouts, minicamps and OTAs as team members.'

Marker Jim Kelly — lessons in losses [1:54 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I learned a long time ago, before the Super Bowls and before Marv, that you never give up, regardless of the situation,” Kelly said. “You turn a negative into a positive. During my senior year at Miami, I blew out my shoulder and they said I would never play football again. I was drafted by Buffalo, but went and played in the USFL instead. I had my son born on my birthday and had all these dreams of what I was going to do for him … and he passed away. I’ve been diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice. It’s been a whirlwind.'

Marker Wade Phillips has fond memories of Buffalo [1:53 AM]
USA Today reports: '“We’ve got great friends there and enjoyed our time in Buffalo. We were there six years. That was a big part of our coaching lives."'

Marker Bills sign CB Arenas [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Arenas has recorded 106 punt returns for 1,035 yards and 73 kickoff returns for 1,541 yards.'

Marker Bills sign CB/KR Javier Arenas [1:51 AM] reports: 'Arenas originally entered the NFL in 2010 as the second round (50th overall) draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. The 5-9, 197-pound Alabama product has also spent time with Arizona and Atlanta. Arenas has appeared in 69 games with 12 starts totaling 143 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, nine quarterback hits, seven tackles for a loss and 24 passes defensed.'

February 3, 2016

Marker Studesville’s been behind the scenes, but he’s seen a lot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I loved my time there," Studesville said, "and loved my time in Western New York. ... They’ve got a good staff there. They’ve got good guys there in Buffalo. It’s only a matter of time. They’ll get it turned around.”'

Marker In CBS’ alternate universe, Bills won Super Bowl XXV [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s an alternate universe, and CBS Sports will take us there Sunday with a pre-Super Bowl game segment, “A (Revised) History of the Buffalo Bills,” that blissfully reverses the outcome of those four consecutive losses between the 1990 and 1993 seasons.'

Marker Tony Gonzalez says a down year should motivate Bills TE Charles Clay [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In fact, honestly, that’s when you have your most growth. I know for me I had my worst year in the second year in the league. And I came back and went to the Pro Bowl the next decade. So it was one of those things — embarrassment drives you. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed or not but I certainly think he’s unhappy with what happened this year and he’s going to go out there and get it right.”'

Marker Taylor’s play means Bills do not need to pick up QB early [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A developmental quarterback should be added at some point in the draft, but Buffalo’s early picks need to be spent rebuilding the defense.'

Marker Talking with O.J. Simpson before his life fell apart [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I can’t be certain of this, but I may have been the last person to ever do a full-length interview with O.J. before his life came crashing down in remarkably stunning fashion. As you see by the date of my conversation with him, eight days later on June 12, Simpson murdered — OK, I guess we have to say allegedly because he was acquitted — his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.'

Marker Why were the Buffalo Bills scouting a Baylor-Texas basketball game? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gathers has run into some trouble off the court. He was arrested for shoplifting at a Wal Mart last June, but he's stayed out of trouble since then. Gathers, who hasn't played football since middle school, told ESPN that he's been working on his routes and has a pair of cleats ready.'

Marker Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward loses fiancée Brittany Burns to cancer [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Burns, a former Clemson rower, was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer on Dec. 9. A few days later, she and Steward got engaged.'

Marker Free agent QBs include familiar names to Bills' coaches [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel almost definitely won’t be in Buffalo beyond next season, and there’s a chance he could be moved or released before then.'

Marker Norwood looking forward to roasting former teammate [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Whenever my name is interjected in conversation in Buffalo, things are a bit solemn, pretty serious," Norwood said. "This is an opportunity to lighten up and maybe have a little fun, join in and see a few people. It will be good to see Andre up there and have a little fun."'

Marker Monos: Bills not looking for specific fit on defense [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We’re fortunate enough defensively with Rex, he’s gonna use the guy to his strengths. He plays so many multiple looks, so anybody we take he’ll be able to fit him in,” Monos told the Howard Simon Show. “We don’t have specifics that we’re looking for a certain guy that he’ll fit this 3-4 defense, or he’ll fit a 4-3. We just know ‘this is what he can do well,’ and use him like that.”'

Marker Fiancée of Bills player loses battle with cancer [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Burns got engaged to Steward last year, and started the Fight Like a Girl campaign, which can be found here, to raise money for women battling ovarian cancer. At the time of this post, the campaign had raised $2,421 towards the cause.'

February 2, 2016

Marker Jen Welter's advice to Bills' coach Kathryn Smith: 'Be authentic' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My biggest hope for her is they let her be great where she’s great," Smith said at the Senior Bowl last week. "Don’t try to make her something that she’s not. If they made me coach a quarterback, I would suck. I would be horrible. Right? I don’t know anything about being a great quarterback. I was a linebacker. If you made me someone who yelled at players as a disciplinarian, that’s not going to work either. They would flick me aside and say, ‘What is this little woman doing?’ You have to be authentic.'

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