As times and players have changed, Donnie Henderson's passion hasn't [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Woahhh, now. Wait. That’s the challenge,” the Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach told me, sweat still dripping off his gray curly hair after a mandatory minicamp practice last week. “Today’s athlete, there’s two things I talk about with them. That music they listen to, and the money they make. It really forms who they are. They have a different work ethic. They love what they do, but they show it in a different way. Ya know, their passion today is not like some of the guys of old passion.”'
What Bills rookies will make an impact in 2015? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It looks like Darby may be even ahead of schedule from where the team thought he’d be at this point. With Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin not able to fully practice the past few weeks, Darby has seen plenty of reps and hasn't looked out of place much, if at all. There are coaches on staff who would like to be a little more patient with Darby’s development. But in a passing league and injuries always impacting lineups, the Bills won’t have that luxury. And if Darby continues to play in training camp the way he did in minicamps, he may force the coaches to play him, anyway.'
Sal's post-minicamp Bills All-90 depth chart [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is NOT a projection of what the depth chart will look like in week one. And it's not necessarily what I would do at each position. It's an educated guess of how coaches will set it up heading into next month’s training camp based upon watching offseason workouts, talking with coaches and front office personnel, and gathering information.'
AFC East has become an arms race [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''With offseason workouts having ended throughout the NFL, it’s a good time to take a look at where things stand with the rest of the AFC East.'
Cyrus Kouandjio among 6 Buffalo Bills on the rise heading into training camp [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nickell Robey quietly had a productive spring and seems energized by the scheme change on defense. By nature, Robey is an aggressive defender who is at his best when taking chances in coverage and blitzing from the slot. Rex Ryan's defense will allow him to do that, and he created some issues for the offense during minicamp with his blitzing. If this keeps up, 2015 could be a big year for the third-year cornerback.'
Bills release DE Johnson [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M who spent most of the 2014 season on the Bills practice squad.'
Jackson ready to prove he can still play in 2015 - and beyond [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I definitely feel like I can still go out and compete,” Jackson told The Howard Simon Show on WGR Tuesday morning. “Especially being out in OTAs and minicamps and still feeling like I have enough juice to go out there and compete with the young guys that are coming in. But it’s something at 34 I do have to be aware of, that you can’t do this forever. But that’s definitely not something that’s on my plate this year or hopefully the next year. It’s on me to go out there and show that I still have some gas in the tank.”'
Bills release DE Johnson [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The moves put the team at 89 players, one shy of the 90-man limit. Head coach Rex Ryan indicated last week the team was preparing to sign former Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, although nothing from the team has been announced.'
Bills release DE Bryan Johnson [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released DE Bryan Johnson.'
Allentown Honors Andre Reed [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If someone were to say to me they were going to name a park and street after me in high school, I probably would have said, ‘Yeah, right,'” Reed said with a laugh. “I would have been like, ‘What do I have to do to have that happen?' You have to do something extraordinary or significant for someone to do that to you. It’s a heck of an honor.”'
Vic Carucci’s Take Five: Bills’ Offseason Workouts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re working with three, four quarterbacks,” running back Fred Jackson said last week. “So it’s a juggling game who we’re going to be playing with, but also we’ve got to know what we’re doing when we get out there.” All the more reason for coach Rex Ryan to make his decision as soon as possible in training camp.'
Will Bryce Brown make the cut in 2015? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown will be competing for two spots in the roster. Dixon was ahead of both Williams and Brown in the pecking order during minicamp, while Dixon and Williams both contribute more on special teams. General manager Doug Whaley likes Brown, but the fourth-year running back has something to prove in camp.'
Maine’s Mulligan looking for new start in NFL with Bills [1:57 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '“He’s in a perfect situation with Rex,” said Mike DeVito, the defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs and a former teammate of Mulligan’s from both UMaine and the Jets. “That’s a perfect offensive system for him to be in."'
Allentown native, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed proud to have Allentown street and park named in his [1:56 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"You can have great stats as a football player or a basketball player, or even as a businessman, but when it's all said and done, it's what you do with the rest of your life that matters most," O'Connell said. "Andre Reed will touch the lives of children for the rest of his life. Hopefully, he'll touch as many lives as he can to help make them better citizens in our community."'
Allentown honors NFL star wide receiver Andre Reed with park, street dedication [1:55 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"You were No. 83 in the NFL, you were No. 11 here at Dieruff, but you're always going to be considered No. 1 in the city of Allentown," Pawlowski told Reed.'
Bills WR Goodwin to jump at U.S. track championships [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'If Goodwin were to place in the top three in Eugene, he would qualify for the World Championships in Beijing, Aug. 22-30. Bills training camp runs through Aug. 25, and Goodwin is working to keep a spot on the roster behind Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods.'
Bills receiver and Olympian Marquise Goodwin to make return to track [1:53 AM]
SI reports: 'A USATF official told SI.com that Goodwin was added to the meet by petition by men’s chairman Ed Gorman. The petition was granted due to his personal history in the sport.'
Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cassel was brought in to be the steady veteran QB the team knows they can turn to if Manuel or Taylor don’t take hold of the job. But he was anything but steady in the practices the media was able to watch. Far too inconsistent on a regular basis, Cassel hasn’t given the coaching staff any reason to think he’s a better option than either of the two younger guys headed to camp, leaving more questions than answers about where this competition will ultimately wind up.'
Thoughts on Bills, Scherzer and the U.S. Open’s Day [8:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What does it really mean in June, while learning a new offensive system, if EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor complete every pass … or none?'
Robey aims to return to ‘13 form [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s better,” Robey said of how what the Bills will do this year on defense suits him. “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.”'
Mario: Kouandjio's arm length a huge asset [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams went on to cite Kouandjio’s arm length and, although he says he doesn’t know exactly how long his teammates arms are, he’s been in this league long enough to know they’ll give him an edge. “Compared to other tackles in the league, I mean he’s definitely got that reach. So as far as pass blocking and run blocking, he has the extension and advantage in that situation.”'
No new scars: 31-year-old Kyle Williams feels fresh [1:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My arrow’s pointing up in all directions,” Williams said. “I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the year and everything that’s in front of us.”'
The wild early years, the football family that shaped Bills coach Rex Ryan [1:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best way to learn about Rex Ryan and his family probably isn’t by calling former friends, coaches, associates and players. The best way is to let the Ryans tell stories about each other.'
We've known what traits Rex Ryan took from Buddy ... Or did they come from Doris? [1:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"About that time hot pants came in," Doris said. "I would just show up in hot pants with my boots and hose and everything."'
‘Rex Effect’ has Buffalo’s greatest sports fan in good spirits [1:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not saying we can’t hold them to a standard,” Rex said. “But Pegula has brought a new belief to Buffalo. Maybe I’m getting old, but after all these years I realize it’s not so much the wins and losses that matter, but caring enough about something to put your feelings out there.”'
The day Rex Ryan and family marveled at this thing called 'tailgating' at the Rockpile [1:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know who came up with the idea of tailgating, but from my experience tailgating was invented in Buffalo."'
Lamar's Hamlin enjoying life as NFL assistant [1:03 AM]
Florence Morning News reports: '“ Rex is a great guy and is very loyal,” Hamlin said. “As long as you do what you are supposed to do and go by his guidelines, he is going to be behind you 100 percent. He doesn’t sugar coat anything. What you see is what you get. Rex is Rex and not going to pretend to be somebody he is not.”'
Thurman Thomas & Fred Jackson: Thousand-yard dads [1:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Braeden Jackson is an 8-year old standout on his youth football team in Hamburg. His father, Fred Jackson, says, “If you talk to him now, he’s going to be a first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.”'
Fatherhood a ‘blessing’ for these Bills [1:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The hardest thing for me is when he cries right now,” Gilmore said. “I can’t really do anything because (Gabrielle) has to feed him. When he cries at night most of the time he is hungry or maybe he needs his diaper changed. It’s just time management and sleep; you have to sleep when he sleeps.”'
Who will be the odd man ou on contract extensions? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team will have to do some reworking of contracts and perhaps make a roster move or two to accommodate their plans of extending Dareus’ deal before the season. It would also make sense, given the fact they are built to win with defense, that they would make Bradham, arguably their best inside linebacker, and Gilmore, their most talented cornerback, priorities ahead of Glenn.'
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