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Buffalo Bills News - February 19, 2015

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan believes in Richie Incognito [1:48 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'But he said he thinks the “majority of the people in our community in particular, are going to take a wait-and-see approach, and I think that’s all Richie wants, and in my opinion that’s what people deserve.”'

Marker Ryan says he likes Manuel [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Well, it's really a dead period so you really can't talk with him about football-specific things, but I did see him, I did meet him, I shook his hand, but that's about it," Ryan said. "Obviously, I knew EJ when he was going through this process a few years ago and I was very impressed with him. One thing I know about EJ is he's got a great work ethic, and I think that's key when you're trying to reach your potential and things like that."'

Marker Bills could look to o-line with first pick [1:46 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“I’m not a big believer in investing in a position just because you think you have a need,” says NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock. “It’s got to upgrade the existing position. I’m not sure you can do that at quarterback this year in the second or third round.”'

Marker Finding a quarterback is the priority to Bills' Ryan [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It was a great visit,” Ryan said, but wouldn’t commit to McCown being a viable starting option. “Well, we’ll see. We’re not going to tip our hand one way or the other on what our thoughts are, but it’s safe to say that obviously we’re interested in him, that’s why we brought him in.”'

Marker Rex Ryan: addressing QB is a priority [1:44 AM] reports: '“I think the big thing obviously we have an interest in Josh,” Ryan told “He’s a veteran quarterback. He has been with several teams. We know his history obviously, but this gave us an opportunity to really sit down and visit with Josh and how he thought we would fit him and vice versa. When it’s appropriate we’ll proceed however we’re going to proceed in finding a quarterback, but obviously we feel good about him. We think that we’re not the only team in the league that’s interested in him, maybe in different roles.”'

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February 18, 2015

Marker Defensive backs: Lock-down mode lessons need to be learned [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make the major investment required to obtain Revis, who will be 30 when training camp begins, the Bills would likely be inclined to unload the cornerback with the largest cap number for his position on the team, McKelvin, who is going to be 30 when the season begins. Graham’s number isn’t far behind and he’ll also be 30 when training camp starts, but the length of his deal and resulting cap acceleration make it harder for the Bills to cut ties with him.'

Marker Down on McCown as option for Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Reports are that McCown, 35, left Buffalo without a contract. Phew. That was close. But this story isn't over. He could sign at a future date and be designated the main competition for EJ Manuel.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release linebacker Keith Rivers [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Kiko Alonso spent the season on injured reserve and Nigel Bradham dealt with a knee injury, Rivers still struggled to crack into the Bills' starting lineup and struggled with a groin injury at times.'

Marker 5 things Buffalo Bills fans should watch for at 2015 NFL Scouting Combine [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'A running back hasn't been drafted in the first round since the 2012. That could change in 2015 with a group of backs that looks as deeper and more talented than either of the last two seasons. But some of the top players have injury questions. Georgia's Todd Gurley is coming off a torn ACL, while Indiana's Tevin Coleman is expected to skip workouts with a foot injury. In such a crowded class of backs, injury evaluations and workout numbers could be enough for a few running backs to separate themselves.'

Marker Bills cut LB Rivers [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Rivers made just three starts and recorded 16 tackles over 12 games this past season, the first of a two-year contract he signed with the Bills last March.'

Marker Keith Rivers released by Bills [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Rivers, 28, signed a two-year deal with the Bills last offseason. Releasing Rivers means the Bills will save $1.7 million against their 2015 salary cap but will have a $500,000 dead money charge.'

Marker LB Keith Rivers released [1:53 AM] reports: 'Rivers, a seven-year NFL veteran, signed in Buffalo on March 13, 2014 and played in 12 games with three starts, recording 16 tackles (11 solo).'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio a unique Combine example for older brother [1:52 AM] reports: '“I just told him basically that he should just be himself,” said the younger Kouandjio. “Don’t go in there and try to be smart just be honest. Let them know who you are. He’s got a good future ahead of him. This process can be overrated at times. I just tell him it’s important yes, but you have your whole future ahead of you. You’re going to be on a team whichever one you go to and that’s the last time in your life that you have to go through a combine. I told him he needs to be more focused on the football stuff on the field than the talent show they try to put on.”'

February 17, 2015

Marker Bills’ Bradham, Brown made contributions [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’ll be interesting to see what new coach Rex Ryan does with this group in his scheme, which is designed to allow linebackers to make most of the plays. Alonso flourished as an inside linebacker in 2013, when Mike Pettine utilized the Ryan scheme as the Bills’ defensive coordinator. Bradham wasn’t a good fit in that defense and the same could be true for Brown, who excelled in a scheme that positioned him differently than the outside linebacker role he would now be expected to fill.'

Marker Mike Mayock: Buffalo Bills won't find upgrade over EJ Manuel in round two of 2015 NFL Draft [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They're both projects," Mayock said. "You've already got a project in Buffalo right now who probably has as much talent as those two kids. I'm not a big believer in investing in a position just because you think you have a need. It has to upgrade the existing position. I'm not sure you can do that at quarterback this year in the second or third round."'

Marker Explaining the NFL's franchise tag and how it applies to the Buffalo Bills in 2015 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So what does this mean for the Bills? Their top free agents are defensive end Jerry Hughes, safety Da'Norris Searcy and running back C.J. Spiller. The only one that would be worth the price of the tag would be Hughes, who recently said he wouldn't mind if the Bills used the one-year option on him.'

Marker Josh McCown leaves Buffalo Bills visit without a contract, according to report [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After being the most sought-after quarterback on the free-agent market last offseason, McCown lasted just one year in Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers released him shortly after the season.'

Marker Bills host QB McCown [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Free agency offers few guaranteed fixes for any team in the market for a quarterback. Former Ryan pupils Mark Sanchez (Bills) and Michael Vick (Jets) are among the list of retreads available as unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Report: McCown visits Bills, leaves without contract [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Bills are successful in signing McCown, he would serve as the immediate competition for Manuel to be the starting quarterback of the franchise in 2015. Manuel was benched four games into his second year in favor of Kyle Orton, but new head coach Rex Ryan has repeatedly said that the young quarterback would have a chance to compete for the job.'

Marker Bills’ Spiller Could Be Jets’ Home Run Running Back [1:53 AM]
WFAN-AM reports: 'Spiller had his best season under Gailey in 2012, rushing for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns while catching 43 passes for 459 yards and two touchdowns. That’s 28 receiving yards more than the entire Jets backfield produced last season, a number that ranked the running backs 29th in the league.'

Marker QB Josh McCown in Buffalo for visit with Bills [1:52 AM] reports: '“We got the draft coming up, free agency is coming up,” Ryan told WGR Radio in Buffalo. “Are there trade possibilities? You look at every possible scenario there is. From Doug Whaley and our scouts, all of our position coaches, we’re looking at that.”'

Marker 8 reasons Bills fans should care about the combine [1:51 AM] reports: 'With Rex Ryan and his new staff on hand, along with the entire Bills personnel department, we’re likely to get somewhat of a preview from the Bills on their plans for free agency during the combine. That includes the Bills important free agents like Jerry Hughes, C.J. Spiller, Da'Norris Searcy, Brandon Spikes, and others. The Bills have had personnel meetings in Western New York for the last several weeks. Now, with agents for the affected players on site in Indianapolis, it’s likely Buffalo’s intentions will leak out or be directly confirmed by the Bills. Stay tuned.'

February 16, 2015

Marker Bills take chance with Incognito [11:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Unfortunately, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and there seem to have been enough incidents that it would be unlikely to see a drastic change. But since the deal is done, it will serve us best to remain hopeful that this will be a good move.”'

Marker Bills’ elite D-line may lose free agent Hughes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given that Hughes will be a hot commodity in the open market, the best guess is that the Bills would have to pay him more than $8 million per season, with a guaranteed deal resulting in a commitment of roughly $20 million.'

Marker Jim Kelly, still cancer free, feels blessed [1:58 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"What's sometimes hard for me is to see the joy my daughters have spending quality time with their mother," Kelly said. "I know I'm missing out on that from the father-and-son standpoint. I love my daughters to death, but not like having a son. You dream about what could have been. And then I realize, even through his suffering, he's made me the man I am today.'

February 15, 2015

Marker Offensive line overhaul has begun with signing of Incognito [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beyond inviting scrutiny from anti-bullying activists and cynics around the league, the Bills didn’t go all that far out on a limb by signing Incognito, who started the final three games for them in 2009 before being allowed to sign with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. For now, he’s only a member of their offseason roster.'

February 14, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills' Jim Kelly 'blessed' as he turns 55 [3:17 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jim looks strong but tires easily. His busy schedule would tire any normally healthy person in their prime. He says he's putting the focus back on his family, full time. "I get tired — I love making a difference, a lot of people brighten my life up, they make me feel better — but only so many hours in a day. I have to spend as much time with my family as I can, and I have to start realizing that."'

Marker After Watkins and Woods, pass catchers in short supply [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A decent case could be made that the Bills need to find an impactful third receiver. The free-agent market could include some higher-end talent (such as Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, and Randall Cobb) that might be a tad pricey for a team with no franchise quarterback, but there are other interesting names they might be more inclined to consider (such as Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Eddie Royal, and Torrey Smith).'

Marker Jim Kelly reflects on turning 55 [1:58 AM] reports: '"I have no complaints whatsoever. Yeah you can have health issues, we all do, but you don't complain about them, you just keep moving on and hope that tomorrow you wake up and you're not quite as sore as you were the day before."'

February 13, 2015

Marker Bills in a rush to improve ground game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let’s start with the concerns. Jackson turns 34 on Feb. 20, and that raises questions about just how effective he’ll be through another season. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Bills to make a major investment to retain Spiller, whose durability is an issue. If he departs, the Bills would need to find a replacement in the open market, which includes some big-name pending free agents in DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, Justin Forsett, and Knowshon Moreno, or the draft.'

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