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Buffalo Bills News - July 6, 2016

Marker Who will be the primary return men? [1:56 AM] reports: 'So far into the offseason, the Bills have placed wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Walter Powell, cornerback Javier Arenas and running back Mike Gillislee under the kick. Each of which, bring explosive speed, agility and playmaking ability, but have different qualities.'

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July 5, 2016

Marker 3 reasons why Dez Lewis' game should take a big leap forward [1:59 AM] reports: '“He’s the type of guy that took a hold of everything,” said Lal. “Every little glimmer of knowledge, he took it, he wrote it down, he went home and did it. I have video evidence of what he was doing in the offseason. He’s an example of a guy that no matter where you start, if you take the coaching that everyone in this building is giving you and apply it here, you’re going to make strides. He’s done that.”'

July 4, 2016

Marker Bills' Marquise Goodwin falls short of Olympics, but he's glad he had chance [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After his third-round attempt of 27-0.75, Goodwin jumped into fifth place — good enough to advance to the second half of the final. But from there, two jumps of 26-9 and a foul were all he had left in the tank.'

Marker Bills WR Marquise Goodwin fails to qualify for Rio at U.S. track trials [1:58 AM]
ESPN reports: '"At the time, it's frustrating, but you really can't dwell on that,'' Goodwin said of not making his second Olympic team. "Life is too good to harp on a situation like that. Maybe at the time I can be a little disappointed, but now I'm alive, and there is so much more to look forward to.'''

Marker 5 offensive playmakers to look for [1:57 AM] reports: 'Fans who will be watching for Shady at training camp may not see a lot of action, but be patient. Although his reps and drives will be few to none, playing it safe doesn’t take away from his incredible skill set and established role as the top back on the roster.'

July 3, 2016

Marker Brandon: Sabres-Bills deal with MSG provides content-hungry fans 'everything they were looking [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reaching the audience entails a different way of thinking for sports leagues and their teams than simply putting games and shoulder programming on TV and radio. As with everyone else in their space, the Bills and Sabres are operating with a strategy that increasingly pushes content to smart phones and tablets.'

Marker Pegula is right to push back against NFL on new stadium [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s a hefty price to pay for a new stadium, and not just in the inevitable taxpayer subsidy. There’s higher ticket costs, personal seat licenses (a fee for the ‘privilege’ of buying season tickets), lofty prices for club seats and luxury suites and a bump in local advertising and sponsorship fees.'

Marker Bills' Marquise Goodwin advances to finals at Olympic trials, but just barely [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Buffalo Billswide receiver and 2012 Olympian advanced to Sunday's men's long jump final, but just barely. Goodwin captured the 12th and final qualifying spot with a jump of 25 feet, 8 inches on his second jump.'

July 2, 2016

Marker Stronger Bills RG John Miller aiming for a big jump in Year 2 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Asking him different things and asking him how he approached different things," Miller said. "You’ve got a guy who made the Pro Bowl, a guy who’s been a dominant offensive guard in this league. So I look at a lot of things he did and try to imitate it. Try to break it down and use it to the best of my ability. Everything is technical to me right now whether that’s footwork in the run game, head placement, all those different things help me improve my game.”'

Marker Luck's deal can only mean good fortune for Taylor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Before Luck's agreement jumped into his briefcase, Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari, was already well armed with plenty of ammunition from the Osweiler and Cousins situations. Bakari wants the Bills to come to the realization they have the best quarterback they've had since Jim Kelly and that there isn't anyone on the horizon who is going to be better. He's probably right on both counts, which is why he wants the Bills to make the kind of offer Taylor has no choice but to sign now or at some point before the end of the 2016 campaign.'

Marker Smith ready for Battle at Bristol [1:57 AM]
Johnson City Press reports: '“Marv Levy was a big proponent of saying that history would be kind to us in years to come and people would understand the impact and dominance you had in the National Football League,” Smith said. “He would say, ‘Right now, people don’t understand the significance of what you accomplished.’”'

Marker Ferguson: O.J. film overdone [1:56 AM]
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports: '“But when he was in Buffalo, he was a good guy. He treated everyone with class and respect, just dignity. I thought he was very sharp, confident. He was highly educated. He was extremely smart. He handled himself with great class. When he left Buffalo, O.J. was a different person.”'

Marker Goodwin's bid for Rio starts with US Trials this weekend [1:55 AM] reports: '“Anytime you have somebody that can represent our country I think it’s fantastic,” Rex Ryan said last month. “It’s just a special thing and for him a once in a lifetime deal. He’s representing himself and more so he’s representing our country and our community. I’m proud of the fact that he plays for the Buffalo Bills.”'

July 1, 2016

Marker McCoy's attorney: No charges from Pennsylvania AG expected against Bills' RB [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dennis Cogan, McCoy's Philadelphia-based lawyer, told The Buffalo News Thursday that he has met with representatives of the Pennsylvania AG's office and came away with a "very clear" sense that McCoy was not going to be charged for the fight that resulted in injuries to two off-duty Philadelphia police officers.'

Marker From homeless and heartbroken to a shot with the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On a drive from his Orchard Park apartment to Spot Coffee in downtown Buffalo, Lucas is stone-cold quiet. Only small talk about the early NBA Finals (“The Warriors couldn’t miss”), moving from South Beach to the boonies of Morgantown (“Big change”) and his linemen teammates here in Buffalo (“A great group”) break up long stretches of silence. Dreads pouring from a backward Bills hat, Lucas ambles inside the café, takes a seat and that steely exterior softens the moment he’s asked about his upbringing.'

Marker Colt Anderson looks to overcome odds (again) to make Bills' roster [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just patient and knew that a team was going to come around eventually and, fortunately, the Bills did," he said. "Great opportunity here. They take pride in their special teams, and it's kind of what's gotten me eight years in the NFL now, my special-teams play."'

Marker Like father, like son, expect Bills HC Rex Ryan to blitz a lot in 2016 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, first, Ryan drafted three players he hopes bring a Buddy-like attitude. Maybe Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland and Adolphus Washington provide the bite this defense needs. Lawson boasted that he once sent a kid in high school to the hospital: "Kids were crying. And they sent him to the emergency room.” Washington remembers one of his victims on the field squirming in agony. Ragland was used on offense as a running back early in games to set a physical tone. And, in Ragland, Ryan sees the type of player his father coveted.'

Marker Rex Ryan surprised by father's death, said Buddy Ryan was 'one tough son of a gun' [1:55 AM]
ESPN reports: '"When Dad looked at football players, he would take them in his own image," Rex Ryan said. "That's what he grew up around; that's what he was when he was a master sergeant in the Korean War. That's what I took, and that's what I want on my football team."'

June 30, 2016

Marker Like father, like sons [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Which is precisely the sort of thing Rex and Rob are determined to see happen during Bills practices. They felt they were trending in that direction during some of those feistier-than-usual offseason workouts at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Orchard Park debating police presence in private Buffalo Bills tailgating lots [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The private lots surrounding Ralph Wilson Stadium have played host to people lighting themselves on fire and public sex acts that have gone viral on social media and put Bills fans and the city in a bad light. Bills president Russ Brandon said that behavior doesn't reflect the entire fan base and added that fan behavior has improved in and around the stadium.'

Marker ‘He Was A Tough Sonofagun’ [1:57 AM]
SI reports: 'Even when Buddy was no longer able to speak advice to his sons, Rex executed his dad’s vision. In this year’s draft, the Bills needed a linebacker, and Rex lobbied internally for the kind of linebacker that would have played on the ’85 Bears. There were other top-ranked players they could have taken, like Darron Lee, the hybrid safety-linebacker the Jets drafted one spot behind the Bills in the first round. But Rex wanted Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, because he was a physical player, “a Ryan defensive player, going back to the days of our dad.” Buffalo took Ragland in the second round.'

Marker The best individual seasons during the Bills playoff drought [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams thrived in 2014 alongside Dareus, Kyle Williams, and Jerry Hughes on the Bills defensive line. He earned a Pro Bowl spot after finishing fourth in the NFL with 14.5 sacks to go along with 42 tackles, two passes defensed, and a pair of forced fumbles. He was named First-Team All-NFL by both the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers. There were only four games out of 16 in which Williams didn’t record at least half of a sack and he had at least one sack in ten games that season. His best performance in what is considered the Bills best individual season over the past sixteen years came in week eleven when Williams had 3.5 sacks and five tackles at Miami.'

June 29, 2016

Marker In 2016, it's imperative for Bills to follow the money [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But this front office has managed to re-sign a handful of core players to long-term deals. And now, it's wise to follow that money. If the Bills do, if the Bills scheme offensively and defensively with their top investments in mind, they'll have a shot this season.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s journey back is going well [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel awesome," Kelly said. "I'm at playing weight. I'm at 230, which is cool. I gained a little over 30 pounds back, which is good. I got the green light to work out now, which is good. I just started back. Hopefully I'll get a bit stronger."'

Marker For Watkins, more info isn’t necessarily good [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a little advice for Sammy Watkins: Stop with the medical updates.'

Marker Bills carry on with Buddy Ball [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Because, who knows?’’ said Rob. “He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think. But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring (Bill) Belichick on. We got him."'

Marker Bills great Jim Kelly reflects on death of Buddy Ryan [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess it comes a time in everybody's life when the good Lord decides it's your time," Kelly said at his youth football camp Tuesday. "Buddy was a great coach. There's no doubt about it. I think everybody knows that. Now it's reflecting on Rob and Rex. Hopefully before he left this world, he rubbed off a lot on his sons because we're going to need it. I look forward to this season."'

Marker The Ryan brothers’ constant quest to carry on their father Buddy’s legacy [1:54 AM]
SI reports: 'Buddy is more than just the family patriarch for Rex, the Bills head coach, and Rob, who joined his brother in Buffalo this offseason as the assistant head coach for defense. He is a defensive patriarch for the sport of football. As the defensive line coach for the New York Jets in 1968, he watched the lengths his team went to in order to protect Joe Namath and applied that to his side of the ball, where he devised creative ways to torture the quarterback. Buddy Ryan’s mission, starting with the Super Bowl III champion Jets, is conventional defensive wisdom today.'

Marker Remembering Dwight Adams [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' Information came flying out and it was all from memory. Dwight would bring up each player’s measureables, his career highlights, any injury issues, and of course, the actual scouting report on his game. He’d even give me the rundown on what that players’ parents did for a living and the players’ upbringing. It was quite thorough and really impressive.'

Marker Kelly: 'All good' with Rex after comments about job security [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, we already texted,” he said. “That’s all good.”'

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