Buffalo Bills OTAs transcripts of Rex Ryan, Preston Brown, Ron Darby, Marcell Dareus & Cardale J [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have been really impressed with EJ [Manuel" target="_blank"> this past week, this whole week really. Done a good job, think he has done a great job. We are really emphasized the red zone. So every day we put the ball in the red zone because there are tighter windows to throw through and you know the timing has to be right. Our guy is doing a pretty good job of it. But EJ in particular I like the touch he has had on the football and the accuracy he is throwing with.'
A rough, windy day for QB Cardale Jones, WR Dezmin Lewis impressive, T.J. Barnes back to defense [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But, if anything, Wednesday was another reminder that the pecking order at quarterback is clear in Buffalo right now — Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel and then Cardale Jones.'
Preston Brown making presence felt, Taylor's next step, players to watch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You'd be hard-pressed to find a downright nicer guy in the locker room than Brown but the Bills need him to show such nastiness this season. If a play is run incorrectly this year, Brown vowed to correct it. If a player gets out of line, Brown vowed to reel that player back in. On the field, he promised to be louder before the snap and let everyone know what's going on. He's taking ownership of the defense. But does he have all of this in him? Those who know Brown best said "yes."'
Perseverance pays off for Bills wide receiver Hankerson [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was very difficult,” Hankerson, a wide receiver trying to hook on with the Buffalo Bills, said recently following an organized team activity at One Bills Drive. “A lot of kids growing up, they need their fathers, they need both their parents, and not having my father figure around to tell me what to do and not to do, it kind of makes you wonder how life would have been if I did have my father.”'
Bills' IK Enemkpali not sure he'll ever live down Geno Smith punch, but he's trying [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I thought he did a really good job, because that's not easy," Rex Ryan said. "He certainly didn't want that to ... he doesn't want that mark on him. Everybody sees him as the guy that punched Geno or something like that. This guy's just a football player and that's what he wants to be known as. That's just an unfortunate thing that happened to him."'
Bills great Thomas enjoys time spent in Batavia [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I meet people in other cities who are from Batavia, and they say ‘Oh, I love your bar. I love going.’” Thomas said. “I go out there anywhere from 10 to 15 times a year and interact with the people.”'
Former Bills WR Chris Hogan quite a catch for Patriots [1:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Of course, the Bills coach would hate losing a game of tiddlywinks to Bill Belichick, but to surrender a player who might help his mortal enemy? Allow the rich to get richer in a position that’s so valuable to Tom Brady? That cuts deep, and the pain is only getting worse for Ryan.'
Henderson limited to individual workouts in return to Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan said it was premature to provide any timeline on when Henderson could be cleared for practice.'
Goodell lobbies for new Bills stadium [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It is known that several NFL owners were against Buffalo's decision to renovate 40-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013-14. At the NFL owners' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., in March, a few commented that it would be in the best interest of the Bills and the league to build a new stadium.'
Heading into 2nd season, Darby feeling 'great,' refining game [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“(A year of experience) is going to best serve me because I’ve seen a lot my first year,” the 5-11, 193-pounder said after Wednesday’s OTA session. “I’m more comfortable with recognizing formations and just communication-wise with the vets and guys on the field, so the second year of being in the same defense will help me a lot.”'
For Bills QBs, footwork not just important in the passing game [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah,” Jones affirmed when I asked if that was the case after Wednesday’s OTA in Orchard Park. “Because coming out of college, all our runs came out of the shotgun and every time I was under center all I did was a quarterback sneak, so there was really no footwork to that. But, you know, kind of in college with shotgun, almost all the footwork was the same unless we had laterals, zone-read, things like that. But being under center, your footwork changes a lot because you got pulling guards right next to you and fullbacks coming underneath you, so you step the wrong way, you could mess up. You mess up not just the running back’s path, but you can have somebody run into you.”
WR battle heating up as Bills hit stretch run of OTAs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wide receiver spots behind Sammy Watkins (who is still out) and Robert Woods continues to be a big battle, and should continue that way throughout training camp. Today, Greg Little got a lot of work in, and looked very good, especially early in the session during the separate offensive and defensive team portion of work. When the offense and defense came together there was a lot more interchanging, with Leonard Hankerson, Dez Lewis, and Jarrett Boykin all splitting the majority of reps and joining Woods. Lewis made a terrific one-handed catch for a touchdown late in practice.'
Bills hold LeSean McCoy out of team drills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He just had a tight hamstring, so we’re just trying to be smart with him. He did do a little work, but we’re keeping him out of the team drills," head coach Rex Ryan said after the practice. "It’s not a serious injury. I think it was this week was the only time he’s missed anything."'
Thanks to Rex, Bills QB Cardale Jones won't soon forget the story of his son's birth [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I wish they would have told me that about three-and-a-half hours earlier because I was literally getting off the exit coming back here and then they say, go back home," Jones said jokingly, while later clarifying he was three minutes away from arriving to team facilities for practice. "The first thing I did, I called my mom and was like, you’ll never believe this. Then I screenshot the message from our coach and sent it to my son’s mom and was like, 'Can you believe this?' It’s crazy."'
7 observations from Bills OTAs (6/8) [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Another week, and another practice that Tyrod Taylor looked the part during practice.'
OTA Notes - McCoy sits, Henderson back with team [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With McCoy sidelined for team drills, rookie Jonathan Williamsgot almost all the work. That was because Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. were all absent from Wednesday’s practice session. Williams appeared to execute all of his assignments effectively.'
Bills' Taylor: 'I definitely feel more in charge' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coming back, of course, the coaches expect more," Taylor said. "We expect more of ourselves. But it definitely feels different. I like where we're at. We've made a lot of progress this offseason and we're going to continue to keep getting better."'
Bills sign Jones, have entire rookie class under contract [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the times that Jones has played, he has been highly effective. He's 11-0 as a starter for the Buckeyes and led them to a national championship in 2014.'
Leonard Hankerson hopes clean slate leads to role in Bills offense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Everybody is out competing," he said. "I’d like to think everything is wide open because every man is looking for a job. You just have to do what you can do. Go out there, make plays, catch the ball and get open.'
Goodell's agenda, old-school injury view & more draft reviews [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodell fully understands that a political fight is looming, because that's what almost always happens in these circumstances. A substantial amount of taxpayer money would be needed, just as it was for the recent $130-million renovation of The Ralph. The Pegulas fully understand that, too, which certainly is at least part of the reason their public stance on a new stadium -- as voiced through club president Russ Brandon last March -- is that they're in no hurry for hardhats to be donned at whatever location is chosen to break ground.'
Bills announce signing of QB Cardale Jones [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, at 6 feet 5 and 253 pounds with a cannon for an arm, he is certainly an intriguing talent, provided the Bills can teach him how to play in the NFL, which some believe will be a tall task.'
What Greg Little did to get a jump start Buffalo Bills' WR competiton [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think Rex breeds competition, and I just saw opportunity where I could come in and possibly earn a starting job," Little said after a recent Bills OTA practice. "When the opportunity is there just seizing that moment and making the best of it. Just making a play. I think that's what this league is really built on is guys who can make plays or extend routine plays and make them unusual."'
Why Bills rookie snapper Reid Ferguson didn't mind Rex Ryan not knowing his name [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I got a kick out of it," Ferguson said. "I guess that means I'm doing my job to a certain extent. Being anonymous is a good thing."'
Bruce Smith looking forward to having his number retired [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“It’s always nice to receive compliments for your efforts and dedication and work and the sacrifices and pain you endured. What this will ultimately be is a celebration for Western New York and the fans of the Buffalo Bills and the history and the legacy that all of us have worked so hard to bring a source of entertainment, enjoyment, gratification. It hasn’t settled in, but as it gets closer it will,” said Smith.'
Buffalo Bills sign rookie 4th-round pick, QB Cardale Jones [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Jones is considered a developmental project in Buffalo because of his limited playing time at Ohio State. He's expected to spend this season in a third-string role behind starter Tyrod Taylor and backup EJ Manuel.'
At 52, NFL sacks leader Smith experiencing pain, memory loss [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"While I did not know the severity of what continuous head traumas would do to an individual and the mind and so forth and so on, I'm not going to sit here and complain," Smith said. "I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you it hurts on a daily basis. But I'm very thankful."'
QB Jones completes Bills' draft signings [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan said, "I'm excited about him because he's a big, raw talent, and does he have to come a long way? There's no question about that. But, shoot, he's almost in a perfect situation and we'll see how he develops.'
Hall of Famer Smith suffering from memory loss [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The physical toll is also an issue for a player who played in 299 games -- 279 regular season, 20 postseason -- for the Bills (1985-99) and Washington Redskins (2000-03).'
Bills sign QB Jones, putting entire 2016 draft class under contract [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are in the middle of another week of OTAs then will have a three-day mandatory minicamp for all players next Tuesday through Thursday.'
Goodell learned a lot from Bills through Super Bowl heartbreak and Pro Bowl rides [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s one of the things I've loved about Jim,” Goodell said. “Jim treats me the same as he did when I was, you know, that young intern in the NFL as he does right now as Commissioner, which I appreciate.”'
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