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Buffalo Bills News - May 25, 2016

Marker Bills at special teams: A rookie challenger for Carpenter [9:10 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't bring in a whole bunch of challengers to make sure Carpenter knew they truly meant business about the need for him to bounce back. They simply (or at least so far) let him know that he needs to outperform a rookie, making a far smaller salary, to keep his job.'

Marker Bills' GM Doug Whaley: 'Clearly, I used a poor choice of words' [9:10 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Wednesday, Whaley and the Bills were in full damage-control mode.'

Marker Policy motivation, a human moment & put on a happy face [9:09 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It doesn't work that way in the real world. You credential reporters to watch practice, we're going to report what we watch. We're going to provide opinions on what we see. It's all part of a process that leads to the same thing being done when we're sitting in the press box on game day. And pointing out which players are starting and which are not is also relevant and will continue to be done, just as it will when training camp begins and the stands are filled with people who will make conclusions based on what they see. By the way, the original policy included training camp in the practice-coverage rules, but Berchtold later said that was amended "because of all the fans who are there."'

Marker Bills have gaping hole at right tackle [9:08 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If all had gone according to plan, the Bills wouldn’t be in this mess, but Kouandjio has been a colossal disappointment. He found himself in former coach Doug Marrone’s dog house almost immediately, and never escaped. He lost out to Henderson that first year and did not play a single snap on offense.'

Marker Bills’ Whaley addresses previous statements [9:07 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley responds to backlash over 'poor choice of words' [9:06 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."'

Marker Adam Schefter calls Buffalo Bills media policy 'Draconian' and 'a waste of time' [9:06 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schefter later went on to say all sides need to show some professionalism, and a media relations department should treat reporters professionally. He wasn't the only ESPN employee critical of the media policy. Scott Van Pelt dedicated an entire segment to ripping it.'

Marker Mike Golic 'dumbfounded' by Bills GM Doug Whaley comments about NFL injuries [9:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"To say that line, I was dumbfounded, just dumbfounded," Golic said. "There's one thing to talk about injury prone and all the other stuff he said I get, how each person comes back individually. But humans weren't meant to play football, where the NFL and football is now in the larger scope of all levels? For that to come out of a general manager's mouth, I was stunned. Stunned."'

Marker Bad week in Buffalo: from injuries to apologies [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'It was a nine-day, what-could-go-wrong-next stretch that began May 16, when the Bills revealed rookie first-round draft pick linebacker Shaq Lawson and starting receiver Sammy Watkins had surgery. It continued Wednesday when general manager Doug Whaley acknowledged he used "a poor choice of words" when referring to football being a violent game that he didn't think was intended to be played by humans.'

Marker Bills GM clarifies comment over whether NFL's fit for humans [9:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Whaley's clarification was issued in a statement the Bills posted on their public relations Twitter account Wednesday. A day earlier, in an interview with Buffalo's WGR Radio, the GM wondered whether football was meant for "humans" when answering a question whether receiver Sammy Watkins was injury prone.'

Marker Bills GM: 'Poor choice of words' to say humans shouldn't play football [9:02 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday morning," Whaley said in the statement. "As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it."'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley says he 'used a poor choice of words' [9:01 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch," he said in the statement. "The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley backpedals on claim that humans aren't supposed to play football [9:00 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Whaley took a lot of heat for that claim on Tuesday, so he and the Bills issued a statement saying he used a poor choice of words.'

Marker Bills' Whaley clarifies his 'humans playing football' comments [8:57 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Predictably, there was a bit of an outcry over the comments, and now Whaley has issued a statement on those comments.'

Marker Bills GM Whaley: “I used a poor choice of words” [8:56 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Bills will continue Offseason Training Activities this week. Whaley’s statement comes on the heels of another round of national criticism, after the team issued a stricter media policy than in previous years.'

Marker LeSean McCoy the latest Bill to appear on NFL's Top 100 [8:55 PM] reports: '“I feel like (last) year I didn’t play up to the standards I hold for myself,” said McCoy. “There were a lot of plays that I missed. I missed games, been hurt, and when I was on field I didn’t make the plays I should have made. This past year I got tackled more one on one than ever. Just being honest. I didn’t think I had the type of year that I’m used to having. I’ll make sure that I get things worked out. Come in healthy, more hungry, more determined. I think this team has a lot of potential.”'

Marker One Lawson (Manny) set to replace another (Shaq) on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Guys, he can play right now. If we never had the surgery, he could play right now. But what we’re trying to get is Shaq Lawson at 100 percent,” Ryan said. “That’s why we decided to have the surgery when we did. We could have waited during the season and then at some point if he had to go with the surgery, he would have been lost for the rest of the year. This way, we get him and we know at some point we’re going to have him – and not just have him out there playing, but at 100 percent.”'

Marker Reggie Ragland signs contract; just two members of rookie class without deals [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left unsigned from the team's seven-player draft class are first-round pick Shaq Lawson, a defensive end/outsider linebacker from Clemson, and fourth-rounder Cardale Jones, the Ohio State quarterback.'

Marker Ryan says Watkins will be ready [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I get it," Ryan said. "It looks like it hit people across the face that, hey, here's an injury to Sammy Watkins. But we knew about it. He's not going to miss any time. By the time the regular season comes around, Sammy Watkins is not going to miss any time. Now, do we have a timetable on when he comes back specifically? No, we're not going to give you that. But I'll tell you this, he'll be ready to go in the regular season."'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley: Humans are not supposed to play football [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I know the retired players are fighting their own battle against it and it’s something that doesn’t concern me,” Incognito said. “It’s one of those things where I could step off a curb tomorrow and break my ankle but it’s one of those things where I kind of block out and in all honesty, I’m in a little bit of denial about, because I don’t worry about that.'

Marker Bills at DB: Seymour could be a true sleeper [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am not going to put him in that (Darby) class yet, but we are close," Ryan said. "And so we bumped him up to the first team (Tuesday), and he has done a great job."'

Marker Transcripts of Rex Ryan, Cordy Glenn, Jerry Hughes & Tyrod Taylor [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And I think offensively, all the shifts, motions, all those things that are offense is, we are doing at a high level. We have got all of it down. The mental part of the game, a lot of that is down. So I think we are going to have a heck of a football team, I am excited about I and that is pretty much my message.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills don't want you to know if someone drops a pass in practice [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just to give you all a heads up on what to expect through OTAs, minicamp and training camp, here are a few excerpts that were just released to the media. Some points seem reasonable, others not so much.'

Marker Bills' new media policy met with immediate ridicule nationally [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Predictably, reaction to the Bills' new policy that would make North Korea proud has been overwhelmingly negative among both media members and fans.'

Marker Never a dull moment with the Bills (well, except for game day) [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills do not want you to know who is playing with the first, second or third team because, apparently, it’s none of your business. However, it’s been their business to take your money, time and energy while you’ve supported a losing product that has been lousy or downright laughable during a 105-151 run over 16 seasons.'

Marker Ryan puts in a good word for lines of communication [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan will never be convinced his defense is flawed. And without any prompting, he made it clear that Bills defenders were already dialed in mentally. “I think we are a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year … especially in the communication part on defense,” he said.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Shaq Lawson surgery was right move [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan scoffed at Whaley’s rather odd comment, made in response to a question regarding all the injuries in the sport. “This is the game of football; injuries are part of it,” Whaley said. “It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play.”'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills support Marquise Goodwin's Olympic dream [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well my understanding is he has the number one jump in the world I think at this point," Ryan said Tuesday. "So that is one way to represent Buffalo, our community and our football team. But you know what this is a once in a lifetime shot for a young man to get an opportunity to represent our country in the Olympics, I am certainly not going to take that opportunity away from him. When he comes back with us we know that he is training specifically for the long jump and things and that is fine. But we will be excited to get him back here and on this thing and work on his football skills. I think for the young man yeah we are paying the bill and all that we get it, but you know what this is a great opportunity for him to represent our country and we are excited to see him go."'

Marker Slow start for QBs among 8 observations from Week 1 [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan was happy with the team's attendance, but there were a handful of notable players missing from the voluntary practice Tuesday. Sammy Watkins (foot), Shaq Lawson (shoulder), Stephon Gilmore, Seantrel Henderson (illness), Marcell Dareus, Karlos Williams, Marquise Goodwin, Charles Clay, Greg Salas, Kyle Williams and Marcus Easley all didn't practice. Karlos Williams recently had another child, Gilmore is abstaining from OTAs as he recovers from a labrum injury and works on a new contract and Goodwin is training for the Olympics. Meanwhile, Rex Ryan didn't comment on why Dareus wasn't in attendance. The rest of the players are nursing injuries of various degrees.'

Marker Rex Ryan passes blame as Buffalo Bills media policy draws national criticism [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'He then pointed to Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold. When he was asked where the policy came from, Berchtold said it was his idea and did not come from ownership, the coaching staff and personnel people. Either way, the Bills became one of the biggest stories in the NFL Tuesday, drawing criticism from every corner of the NFL world.'

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