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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2017

Marker 8 things we learned from Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane before training camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hopefully the new regime, the new culture, the new way of doing things -- what you'd like to see if for Marcell to jump on board," Beane said. "And not only do it himself, but he's been in the league long enough, you'd like to see him grabbing some others. First of all, before you can lead, you have to do it yourself.'

Marker 8 things we learned from Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott before training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"As a head coach I believe that the minute I was hired I own that, right?" McDermott said. "I'm a part of that. So to try and separate one's self from that I think is the wrong approach. That said, as a team going forward, we have to focus on what's immediately in front of us and the vision for the future. And so creating the right dynamic around the present team is important in terms of our focus, our mindset. And really we spend a lot of time talking about, I spend a lot of time thinking about, how we develop the right mindset with our football team. And that's for anywhere I've been, in particular in this case."'

Marker Anquan Boldin reportedly set to meet with receiver-needy AFC East team [1:49 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Although Boldin's age (36) isn't ideal for a receiver, it wouldn't be a shock to see him earn the No. 2 spot in Buffalo if he were to sign with the team. The Bills have been looking to add receiving depth since March when they lost both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin to the 49ers in free agency.'

Marker Report: Veteran WR Anquan Boldin to visit Bills [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills still have question marks at the wide receiver position. The hope is that No. 1 wideout Sammy Watkins is and stays healthy this season. Veteran Andre Holmes and rookie Zay Jones are expected to battle for the No. 2 job. Boldin would be in that mix, as well, if he signed with the Bills. The 36-year old would be a reliable veteran presence at the position. He’s missed only one game the past four seasons and has played in 202 of a possible 224 games throughout his career.'

Marker McDermott: being fired by Andy Reid actually brought us closer together [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It crushed me early on,” McDermott recounted. “It crushed me from the standpoint of, I looked introspectively, just looked at myself and said, ‘what did I do wrong?’ I didn’t place any blame, no. It was, ‘what did I do wrong?’ I feel like that period of my career, that period of my life, had I not gone through that, I don’t know if I would be here now. What I mean by that is, my whole career had been going like this every year."'

Marker Report: WR Anquan Boldin to visit Bills next week [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Let's not kid ourselves -- any wide receiver would be an upgrade to the Bills receiving corps, which at the moment is weak.'

Marker 7 - 3 reasons why Micah Hyde will excel in 2017 [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Communication has come a long way,” said Hyde. “I just think that goes along with learning the playbook. Once you get comfortable you can go out there and communicate.”'

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July 21, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 7. Can LeSean McCoy make the Pro Bowl again? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills desperately need that to continue. Outside of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, there may not be a more indispensable player on the roster than McCoy. That’s both because of his elite ability, and a lack of depth behind him. When the team opted not to match Mike Gillislee’s contract offer by the Patriots, they lost one of the more productive backup running backs in the NFL.'

Marker Sean McDermott on first camp with Bills: ‘My hand will be on the back of this team at all time [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott has never been the kind of leader at an NFL training camp that he’ll be this year, because this is the first where he’ll be the head coach. As has been the case since his arrival at One Bills Drive, he will put his own distinctive markings on it.'

Marker Bills Training Camp Guide: What every fan needs to know [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Players will sign one item per person for children 14 and under in the autograph tent following practice sessions. Lines for autographs will be limited to the number of children that can be reasonably accommodated. Players may also sign unnanounced along fenced areas after practice. Start time of the autograph tent is flexible each day based on the end time of practice. There will be no organized autograph sessions following night practices.'

Marker How do Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott plan to change Buffalo Bills' culture? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"What makes great leaders great?" McDermott said. "At the end of the day, that's what coaches are. In addition to teachers, this is a leadership role. Coordinator is a leadership role, position coach. You're leading people. I've spent a lot of time and I've become passionate about leadership and creating a culture that is a winning culture. That's, to me, when you look at the way we played in Carolina. Not to go back, but the culture that we're trying to build here is one that defensively I felt like we had in Carolina, where the guys love coming to work. Think about this for yourself. If you love driving down One Bills Drive and you love coming to work, and I get it, it's work, but when you love what you do and you love the people you're doing it with, you can win with that.'

Marker McDermott has plenty to tackle in first Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'Will fans be patient with McDermott and Beane? They’ll need to be, because unless Taylor becomes a legitimate franchise quarterback and the defense turns back the clock to 2014, I don’t see this team winning more than six or seven games. There are too many holes and a brutal out-of-division schedule featuring games against Atlanta, Oakland, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Denver. So, it’s going to take time, perhaps a few seasons. McDermott and Beane are friends, and that’s a plus after the tempestuous relationships between former GM Doug Whaley and ex-Bills coaches Ryan and Doug Marrone. Whaley’s hunger for power and questionable personnel moves fueled the dysfunction.'

Marker Playoff drought looms over Buffalo Bills' latest fresh start [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Oh, where have the good times gone? What had been the AFC's winningest team of the 1990s, the Bills have spent the new millennium relegated to afterthought status, compiling the longest active playoff drought in North America's four professional sports.'

Marker Bills hope major overhaul ends 17-year slump [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're building; every year we are working to win," said McDermott, who refused to term his first season in Buffalo a rebuilding year. "That's not where we're going with this. That's not it at all. It's about winning football games. It's hard. It's a challenge when you say, 'Hey, we focus on the process and the scoreboard takes care of itself' because we're evaluated by wins and losses. But I just know, being a part of two winning organizations before coming here, that in order for us to win we have to focus on that. That'll translate into wins soon enough."'

Marker McDermott on drought: "I own that....I'm a part of that" [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah. I think you hear about that all the time when you're around this town,” he said. “You hear about it. But what's amazing to me is the passion of these fans is unmatched. I mean you're out there yesterday (the final day of minicamp, when the team allowed select fans into the ADPRO Sports Training Center to watch the session) and you see little guys out there that they just bleed Bills, and that's just awesome to see. And the neat part is that the parents who were around in the early 90s have children who have never seen a say 'X' and 'hey, you know, before I pass I want Joe or Jane to see the team the way I saw it.' And I love that.”'

Marker An inside look at the different ways NFL teams conduct HC and GM interviews [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The league does a good job, first of all. At the combine they have kind of mock interviews, really, where they bring in a firm and you wear a suit and you go through a mock interview with a spotlight on you, basically. So the league prepares you for it a little bit. I think they've really used that as a video file on each candidate that's out there that you can get some feedback on. So that's a nice little boost that the league provides.'

Marker 8 - Which rookie will make the most immediate impact? [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I feel like I did pretty good, but I have a ways to go if I want to benefit this team in any way,” said White. “I’ve got a long ways to go, so I’m looking forward to getting back home and getting to work and working on my craft and getting better.”'

Marker How Beane and McDermott's unlikely reunion became reality [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When we were in the car riding back to the airport his phone was blowing up from his agent about this Buffalo job starting to brew,” said Beane of McDermott. “He was on the phone the whole time with his agent talking about his options and how the San Fran thing went.”'

July 20, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 8. What should be expected of Shaq Lawson in his second year? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s not unheard of for young pass rushers to take some time to adjust to the NFL level. Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product who might be the best defensive player in the league today, had four sacks as a rookie, then increased that total to 15 in his second year.'

Marker Jonah Javad's 'hot' Gilmore take was an over-reaction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of course, fairness wasn't the point. Javad and Filipowski were just having fun by appealing to sensitive Bills fans who over-react to every perceived slight.'

Marker Death of former Bills WR James Hardy ruled a suicide [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He fell on hard times after leaving football. He was charged with resisting arrest after a confrontation with police in Los Angeles in 2014, but a judge ruled him not mentally competent to stand trial.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane recalls getting passed over for Dave Gettleman [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It got to the point where I thought, 'Man, maybe there's a chance here.' Even though he had told me, 'You're going to help me find the right GM here. You've got a bright future.' I still felt like, you know, there was a lot of momentum in the building for me to get it and a little bit in the city. But you know how it goes, you guys are in that business. A lot of writers are looking for big names. And I wasn't a big name. And I think there was a lot of pressure on (Richardson) to bring in a name other than somebody from the same regime that he just fired from. It was fun for that three months. It was also a little bit gut-wrenching to have it taken away at the same time."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane wants Marcell Dareus to buy in and be a leader [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hopefully the new regime, the new culture, the new way of doing things -- what you'd like to see if for Marcell to jump on board," Beane said. "And not only do it himself, but he's been in the league long enough, you'd like to see him grabbing some others. First of all, before you can lead, you have to do it yourself. I'm not just talking about Marcell. That's anybody. But he's gonna be given every opportunity."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane describes what he looks for in franchise quarterback [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, it's just the spring, but I'll tell you this about Tyrod: I come in early to work out with some of the guys and he's in here early. The guy does every single thing asked of him, above and beyond, and that's what you're looking for," Beane said. "I respect the heck out of what I've seen here the five or six weeks I've been here. I'm looking forward to watching him take this challenge on and see how it goes in camp, then obviously two weeks in that leads to games, and see how it progresses. I've watched him from afar on cross film, but I did go back and watch some games last season, flipped through some of his throws. Some of it before I got here, some of it since I got here. I mean, he's got some tools. He wasn't accidentally thrown into a starting role here. He's earned his opportunities."'

Marker Sean McDermott's blue-collar upbringing makes him perfect fit for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"She was just unbelievable in terms of support, but firm," McDermott said. "My dad emphasized athletics. My mom did, as well, but my mom was really hard on the academics end of things and always stressed, 'hey you've got to have the grades, you've got to be prepared for life outside of sports.''

Marker What Bills coach Sean McDermott learned when Andy Reid fired him [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Oh, it crushed me early on," McDermott said. "It crushed me from the standpoint of, I looked introspectively, just looked at myself and said, 'What did I do wrong?' I didn't place any blame, no. It was, 'What did I do wrong?' I feel like that period of my career, that period of my life, had I not gone through that, I don't know if I would be here now. What I mean by that is, my whole career had been going like this every year. You guys see the resume. Every year was going like that. What I learned from that is, the game is more than just X's and O's. It's more than just scheme. That to me, as I've said over the years, that setback was a setup really for a comeback for myself and the mental toughness part of life."'

Marker Sean McDermott has envisioned what Buffalo will look like if Bills end drought [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just felt something," Beane said in a June interview. "Seventeen years. These people are dying for a winner. I believe in myself. ... I want nothing more than to watch this community go ape nuts that the Bills are back in the playoffs. And I have no doubt."'

Marker Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott take ownership of Buffalo Bills' playoff drought [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The playoff drought has been the elephant in the room for every player, coach and executive who has walked through the doors at One Bills Drive. Previously, Rex Ryan and other players grew defensive about the drought, fairly claiming they hadn't contributed to the entire thing. McDermott and Beane are taking a different approach.'

Marker What's the formula for beating Tom Brady, Patriots? Bills GM Brandon Beane takes his best guess [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In this league, not just Brady, whoever, you have to get after the passer," Beane said. "You have to make them uncomfortable. You have to get them off their spot. I think what the Giants did to them in the Super Bowls, that is not a shot at Tom Brady, that's anybody. I don't care how great you are, if you're getting hit, you're not gonna be as accurate. So we have to find ways to make him uncomfortable. He's super smart. There's nothing that schematically that we're probably going to throw at him that he hasn't seen. We'll have to be dialed in. You have to get to him, you have to affect the quarterback. If he's back there playing 7-on-7, you're not gonna beat him. You have to get him out of the pocket, flush him, hit him, hands up, batting balls. You got to do everything right to knock this guy down."'

Marker How will Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott communicate with Pegulas? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In the past, the Pegulas have dealt with coaches who didn't get along with the general manager and the power vacuum that created. So the big question for Beane, McDermott and the Pegulas is how they will all communicate on a weekly basis. The Pegulas will trust Beane and McDermott to run the football operation, but Beane recently provided some clarity on how the Bills' new leadership plans to keep ownership in the loop every step of the way.'

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