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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2015

Marker No LeBron in Bills QB race [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's safe to say we won't have LeBron at quarterback,'' Ryan said. "We may have a LeBron at defensive tackle and at defensive end, but we won't have him at quarterback.''

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey prefers Rex Ryan's defense to Jim Schwartz's [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's better," Robey said. "Last year, I was more just in coverage basically. Softer coverage, too. I didn't get to do everything I wanted to do as far as being aggressive and being able to play like I really like to play. This year, Rex allows me to do that."'

Marker Rex Ryan states the obvious, says Buffalo Bills don't have LeBron at quarterback [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan insists he's not worried about the quarterback position, and the fact that he's willing to joke about it supports his words. Right now, it's the most glaring issue facing his team, and it's an issue he's familiar with from his time in New York. The only thing the Bills know at this point is that it's a long way from being settled.'

Marker Chris Williams, Percy Harvin among those absent from Buffalo Bills OTAs Wednesday [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Harvin missed practice last week but was expected to be back in town this week, according to wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.'

Marker Matt Cassel misses the mark, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think we're gonna see anything in the new few days, through the mandatory camp, that will say, 'Hey, this guy is clearly our starter and all that,'" Ryan said. "That's not going to happen. We're gonna keep that competition going and at least give guys opportunities when it's tackle football."'

Marker Why Chip Kelly lost faith in LeSean McCoy [1:52 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'What Kelly won't say, because he's smart enough not to create the kind of animosity McCoy did when he implied his ex-coach is a racist, is that he could no longer trust McCoy. Not just to hit the holes quickly, but to run with the same abandon he did in 2013 when he was out to prove he was the best running back in the world. (Remember all that back and forth with Adrian Peterson?)'

Marker Bills GM Whaley: Chris Williams recovering from back surgery [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Whaley said the team's medical staff has been monitoring Williams' progress, but provided no expectation of when he could begin practicing.'

Marker Ryan likes what he's seen from Bills linebacker depth [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Powell is the one that jumps out to me on defense," Ryan said Wednesday. "He's had four interceptions through these camps, and you can ignore it if you want, but he makes plays. He's smart, I know the history, former quarterback, bounced around, outside linebacker, defensive end, but he seems to have found a home at inside linebacker and I've been really happy with him."'

Marker Bills Wednesday OTA notes and video [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There continues to be a very good battle going on for the backup tight end spots behind Charles Clay. There are five TEs on the roster and, after Clay, each of the other four are getting reps and trying to impress. Nick O’Leary, Clay Burton, MarQueis Gray, and Chris Gragg all saw action with the first and second team units on a rotational basis. Rex Ryan agreed with my assessment of the situation after practice saying, “You’re right. It is a good battle. They’re each a little different in the physical attributes that they bring, but all of them have a shot (to make the roster).”'

Marker OTA Observations (6/10) [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Of the other quarterbacks, EJ Manuel had the best day of the bunch, while Matt Simms was getting worked in a bit more after having one week on the job. As for the most interesting man at One Bills Drive, Tyrod Taylor, Wednesday was merely a ‘meh’ day for him.'

Marker 6 OTA Observations - Week 3 [1:47 AM] reports: 'With the third week of OTA practices coming to a close this week there is still no sign of a clear front runner in the quarterback competition. Each of the signal callers have had their moments and their struggles, but no one has separated themselves from the other two when it’s come to overall performance.'

Marker Mario Williams is fourth Bills DL on NFL's Top 100 [1:46 AM] reports: ''Williams, who set a career high in sacks last season with 14.5, has been on the list before, but he now joins fellow defensive linemen Kyle Williams (#72), Jerry Hughes (#63) and Marcell Dareus (#53) who also made appearances on the list this year.'

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June 10, 2015

Marker Bills' Woods has new challenge in front of him [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Every year is going to be a new challenge,” said Woods, who made 15 starts in 2014 and finished the year with 699 receiving yards and five touchdowns, one fewer than Watkins’ club-high total. “They’re always going to bring in guys to compete and try to back up this team. Last year, it was Mike Williams. This year, it’s Percy.'

Marker Site has odds on every possible Bills SB matchup [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here’s a look at this season’s “favorite” matchup, the longest shot, and the exact odds on the Bills playing every single team in the NFC in Super Bowl 50 (the number next to + is the amount you’d win on a $100 bet)...'.

Marker Undrafted OT Chandler has rare opportunity with Bills [1:57 AM] reports: 'In what is known as a challenging offense to learn, Chandler has demonstrated a veteran-like mental approach throughout rookie minicamp and OTA practices. Spending extra time with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, he’s been able to seamlessly transition what he has learned in the classroom to the playing field. Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has been especially impressed by Chandler’s work ethic both on and off the field.'

Marker Update: Bills individual game ticket availability [1:56 AM] reports: 'Due to the overall high demand for tickets including the presale of individual game tickets to season ticket members; there are no tickets available for the Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and New York Giants games.'

June 9, 2015

Marker Bills linebacker Brown warms to role as signal-caller [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re excited about it,” Brown said. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of moving parts. We’re starting to get it down. You see guys starting to communicate a lot more, so it’s starting to work a lot better. We’re flying around now.”'

Marker Bills' McCoy owes an explanation [1:58 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'McCoy has no business making such an accusation if he isn't willing to back it up. It undermines the process of exposing and working to alleviate real racism.'

Marker Andre Reed Way, park to be dedicated this month [1:57 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'Allentown City Council voted last year to rename the street and park in honor of the former Buffalo Bills receiver who played locally for Dieruff and Kutztown University. Reed retired after the 2000 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2014.'

Marker Watkins can't wait to get started [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We can stretch the field. We have a lot of fast guys out there,” Watkins told reporters recently. “You have (Charles) Clay now. You have (Robert) Woods. You have me and Marquise (Goodwin). You have (Chris) Hogan so it’s so many guys that you have to pay attention to. Not just one guy. You can have me and (Percy Harvin) on the same side and create a matchup so I can’t wait to get started with these guys.”'

Marker Greg Roman's Power Sweep [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here, I break down how he used these in the 49ers week one game at Dallas last season, using two different formations after seeing how the first was blocked.'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Offensive Line [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'G John Miller - The rookie has done everything right since being drafted by the Bills in the third round. Miller has the intelligence for the position, and both the size and strength that the Bills covet for their guard positions. Even though he is just a first-year player, he'll be viewed as a favorite to start when the Bills get to St. John Fisher College.'

Marker New 'D' could make Lawson biggest beneficiary [1:53 AM] reports: '“I think two years ago I was playing multiple positions and had multiple roles and so you really couldn’t focus on exactly where 91 was and you didn’t know if I was rushing or I was dropping,” said Lawson. “Last year I had someone on me all the time. With a different scheme and different roles opportunities present themselves.”'

June 8, 2015

Marker Seeking a law so Jills can get a basic right [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cheerleader pay can seem a trivial issue when fast-food workers are fighting for pay they can live on and nail salon workers are exploited with unsafe conditions. They shouldn’t need their own law to ensure worker rights already written into existing labor law. It’s even sadder that this issue has been around for years.'

Marker New 'D' could make Lawson biggest beneficiary [1:58 AM] reports: '“I think two years ago I was playing multiple positions and had multiple roles and so you really couldn’t focus on exactly where 91 was and you didn’t know if I was rushing or I was dropping,” said Lawson. “Last year I had someone on me all the time. With a different scheme and different roles opportunities present themselves.”'

June 7, 2015

Marker Bills’ Hogan welcomes new challenge [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t short-change his athletic talent or speed or any of that,” Lal said. “We have all these competitions when they do weight-lifting and Hogan always seems to be top three, if not one. He’s one of the best athletes on the team, so I think he gets short-changed perception-wise that way.'

Marker As usual, it comes down to the quarterback [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And if the Bills’ season comes remotely close to the optimistic projections of Ryan and others, there won’t be a high enough draft pick to maybe find one that way, either.'

Marker 7 takeaways from conversations with Buffalo Bills' assistant coaches [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It only takes a few minutes to realize how fired up tight ends coach Tony Sparano is about the players he's working with. In addition to newly signed Charles Clay, rookie Nick O'Leary and MarQueis Gray have been quick to pick up the offense. The Bills want their tight ends to be able to move around the offensive formation, and Sparano feels like every one of his tight ends is capable of doing it.'

Marker McCoy way off base on Eagles coach [1:44 AM]
Bucks County Courier Times reports: 'So clearly he is lashing out, sort of the way a child would when he doesn’t get his way. Instead of facing the music, McCoy has taken the child’s way out. The questions won’t stop, though, because of one angry media session in Buffalo.'

Marker New park brings crowds, ex-Bills star Andre Reed [1:43 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'The former Bills star explained he got his start in parks. "I wouldn't have become a Hall of Fame football player or even a football player if I didn't have those kind of (positive) people behind me," Reed, who grew up in Allentown, Pa., told the crowd. "Just to see this, I can see what this nation is all about. It's about coming together and doing the right thing. There are so many different things that are bad. This is something good that can turn into something great, so thanks for having me."'

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