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Buffalo Bills News - March 25, 2015

Marker Businessman who staved off blackouts applauds NFL's decision [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Hotel and restaurant owner Russell Salvatore has spent tens of thousands of dollars in recent years to buy unsold Buffalo Bills tickets so the team's home games wouldn't be blacked out in the western New York TV market.'

Marker Rex Ryan has his swagger back in Buffalo [1:34 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"There are no hidden agendas or anything else," Ryan said. "This is who we are, this is what we want. There isn't anybody in this organization that doesn't want anything other than building a championship team. That's what we're all about. Everything thing we do is based on that. Everybody is on board."'

Marker Sides moved fast on McCoy trade [1:33 AM]
ESPN reports: '"The trade for LeSean happened really quick," Ryan said at the NFL owners meetings. "We were all sitting there. We were having organizational meetings. ... And all of the sudden we get this call from Philadelphia and I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done."'

Marker Rex Ryan 'stunned' when Bills landed LeSean McCoy [1:32 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: '“Obviously we were interested,” he added. “We knew it wasn’t going to be cheap by any stretch, and losing a player like Kiko Alonso is obviously a steep price, but we felt really good about it.”'

Marker Details of Charles Clay's contract with Bills [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2016 cap hit is rather extreme for a player at his position, however, the Bills can lower the cap number significantly if they so choose. Since the large majority of the $13.5 million cap hit is tied to a $10 million roster bonus, Buffalo has the option to restructure the contract and convert the roster bonus into a signing bonus, which would then be prorated into the rest of the contract.'

Marker Rex Ryan forming plan for Bills QB competition [1:30 AM] reports: '“It’s probably not an ideal situation right now,” Ryan admitted. “You’ve got four guys competing instead of just going in with a clear cut number one, but nobody has established themselves yet. We’ll probably try to speed up that competition.”'

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March 24, 2015

Marker Bills’ London game will stream worldwide [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The reality is, the way we consume content is far different today than it was when most of us were growing up, especially the millennial generation,” Brandon said. “They take in content in a much different fashion than we do and to be a part of that landscape of where that is heading in the next 10 to 20 years” is exciting. “The NFL is always a thought leader when it comes to how it distributes its content and we’re excited to be a part of it.”'

Marker NFL lifts blackout policy for 2015 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move seems to be an obvious response to the political pressure that has been placed on the NFL to abandon the blackout policy, especially for teams such as the Bills, who have one of the larger stadiums in the league that is more difficult to sell out than others. The Bills had no blackouts in 2014 and one in 2013, although local blackouts were more frequent in earlier years.'

Marker Committee proposes ‘medical timeout’ [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It gives independent injury spotters the chance to stop the game before checking a player who might be showing signs of a concussion.'

Marker NFL owners vote to suspend blackout rule for 2015 [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We definitely have a stronger crowd when the Bills are on," said Matt Gleason, a manager at The Distillery. "We always receive calls in regards to whether we're showing it (if games were blacked out, which they could not). I'm sure it will help us out. Last year was nice because they had a winning record and didn't have any blackouts."'

Marker Bills and Browns will scrimmage at 2015 training camp at St. John Fisher, play preseason game in Cle [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The practices will provide no shortage of storylines, as Bills coach Rex Ryan and Browns coach Mike Pettine have a long history with one another. They coached together from 2002-2008 as part of the Baltimore Ravens' staff before Ryan took the head coaching job with the Jets and named Pettine his defensive coordinator. Pettine left to become the defensive coordinator in Buffalo for the 2013 season before landing the Browns job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London will be streamed online, aired on TV in local marke [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills and Jaguars are scheduled to kickoff at 9:30 a.m. at Wembley Stadium in London on Oct. 25.'

Marker Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills to scrimmage during training camp in New York [1:53 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Pettine and Ryan came up with the idea to revive the Browns-Bills training camp clash, which also took place in the early 2000s under former Brown coach Butch Davis. The Browns traveled to St. John Fisher back then, but also practiced with the Bills in Berea, Ohio and at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.'

Marker Clay’s agent was ready to negotiate long-term deal with Dolphins [1:52 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'According to a Dolphins source, Miami felt safe Clay would return because before free agency, his agent was trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Miami for $6.8 million a year and $13.8 million over the first two years.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan says he's not looking forward to first meeting with Jets, per repo [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'This is well-worn territory for Ryan. He was asked about the very topic at his Bills introductory press conference back in January. Back then, he said he was more eager to take on the Patriots, the AFC East's top team, than the Jets.'

Marker NFL to Put One Game on Web TV Only [1:50 AM]
Wall Street Journal reports: 'Under the experiment, a week 7 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars—two National Football League teams struggling for relevance—will remain on over-the-air television in the teams’ home markets but will be put up for bidding among nationally digital platforms.'

Marker NFL suspending TV blackouts for 2015 season [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"This decision to suspend the blackout policy for the upcoming NFL season is a victory for the millions of sports fans and consumers across the country," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), "and it brings us one step closer to eliminating this anti-fan measure once and for all. This antiquated, anti-consumer rule has for too long served only to protect the NFL's bottom line at the expense of sports fans.'

Marker NFL first: Bills-Jags London tilt to be available digitally [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It will be the first time in NFL history that a national regular season matchup will be shown on a platform other than a television network. The Bills and Jaguars will kick off in London at 9:30 am.'

Marker Bills building a better offense [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Clay brings a number of assets to the Bills including sure hands. According to Pro Football Focus, Clay had only two drops out of 60 catchable balls thrown his way last season, the fifth lowest drop rate among tight ends. Once he got the ball, again according to PFF, Clay made 12 defenders miss tackles which was also fifth best in the NFL. The Bills are hoping Clay will provide matchup problems where he will be too fast for a linebacker stay with and too big for a cornerback to cover.'

Marker NFL suspends blackout policy for 2015 [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The league recently softened the policy, allowing teams to choose the ticket sale percentage barrier that fans must cross to avoid a blackout. Teams could choose anywhere from 85-to-100 percent, and the Bills chose to keep it at the 100 marker.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' beefed-up offense poised to power playoff run [1:45 AM] reports: 'From a two-back run game perspective, the addition of Jerome Felton gives Roman the flexibility to incorporate some power plays from a variety of heavy or jumbo sets, with McCoy aligned at tailback. During Felton's time with the Vikings, the hammerhead fullback paved the way for Adrian Peterson with his aggressive blocking at the point of attack. He uprooted linebackers out of the hole and routinely sealed the backside on cut-back runs for Peterson. Felton will have an opportunity to do the same for McCoy when Roman employs the two-back power running game from tight formations. Given McCoy's previous success finding creases in traffic, providing him with a lead blocker could produce fireworks for the Bills.'

March 23, 2015

Marker Rex Ryan has already moved on from Jets, still obsessed with Bill Belichick and Patriots [1:14 PM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So, are you looking forward to the first meeting with the Jets next season? “No,” he said. “I’m looking to the first time I play New England, like always.”'

Marker Combine gives vets last shot at dream [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You remember Troup, don’t you? Second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills from Central Florida in 2010. The guy the Bills selected instead of Rob Gronkowski, the All-World tight end who was taken by New England one spot later.'

Marker Report: Bills/Steelers scrimmage halted; Browns potential replacement [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to the report, the Steelers participation in this year’s Hall of Fame Game, thus having an extra preseason game, is one of the reasons for the cancelation.'

Marker How Buffalo’s additions impact the offense [1:57 AM] reports: 'Though Roman’s offensive looks are greatly varied in alignment and personnel groupings, in an ideal world a lot of the same players will remain on the field down after down and series after series. To do that an offense needs versatile players who can serve in a multitude of roles.'

March 22, 2015

Marker Marcell Dareus has big booster in Buffalo Bills teammate Kyle Williams [4:18 PM]
Birmingham News reports: '"We've been lucky the last couple of years," Kyle Williams said. "We've had three of our four defensive linemen at the Pro Bowl. Bringing in (Dareus) was great. I love Marcell. Marcell's got as much talent as anybody in the NFL. I think you're starting to realize that. He's going to have a great career if he continues to do the things that he's been doing. Whether I'm with him in Buffalo for a lot more years or just a couple more or I'm at home, I'm going to be a Marcell fan."'

Marker Pursuers close in on Patriots in AFC East [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins appear to have improved through additions made since the NFL’s free-agent signing/trading period began nearly two weeks ago.'

March 21, 2015

Marker Defensive-minded Ryan turns his attention to the Bills’ offense [4:40 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Percy is a guy that is an explosive athlete, he’s a super talent and what we’re trying to do is take a little pressure off Sammy Watkins as well,” said Ryan. “Sammy got doubled almost every snap. I think with a guy like Percy Harvin, that’s going to be tough for you to do. Percy can catch a slant and take it the distance, he can beat you over the top; he’s a game-breaker.”'

Marker Bills weighed signing tight end Gresham [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to an NFL source, the Bills also were giving serious thought to signing Jermaine Gresham before he underwent surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disc.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan weighs in on Charles Clay, Percy Harvin and QB situation [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's real multiple in what you can do with him, so he creates matchup problems," Ryan said Friday. "He's too fast for a linebacker, he's too big for a corner to cover. You have to love that matchup with him. The other thing is he's a guy that's perfectly suited for what we're looking for, especially Greg Roman's type of offense.'

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