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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2017

Marker QB Nathan Peterman impresses teammates in Buffalo Bills debut (what they're saying) [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Peterman hardly thinks he’s arrived. He knows training camp has been a struggle at times, and even his debut had some rough patches. But, man, did it feel good to just play.'

Marker Why Reggie Wayne thinks Buffalo Bills made a 'perfect' signing in Anquan Boldin [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now they've got a veteran presence in that receiving room who can help a Sammy Watkins and get him on track,"Wayne said. "At the same time, he's going to be one of those guys who can come in on third down, make a tight catch, keep the chains moving. He's not going to be a guy who's going to take the top off the secondary. But he's going to be a guy who can work the inside ... work in between the hash and the numbers. Just his presence on that team, he can kind of lead the way, show these young players who to be a true professional."'

Marker Man of character: Buffalo Bills rookie Zay Jones plays for those who believe in him [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Talk to people at ECU and in Greenville, and you might believe Zay Jones has character you can only dream about. Name a box, and Jones checks it. He set an NCAA career record with 399 catches, had a 3.6 GPA and led the team in community service hours. He set the standard in the weight room and learned every wide receiver position in the Pirates’ offense. Now he’s preparing for his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills after getting drafted in the second round.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings: Anquan Boldin among 6 players inactive [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Boldin just signed with the team, so him not dressing isn't a shock. Meanwhile, Lawson is dealing with a groin injury, Glenn and Seymour have dealt with foot soreness and Davis and Butler have concussions.'

Marker Bills: All aboard the Peterman Express [1:38 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"(Peterman) moved the offense," McDermott said. "His first chance to get out there in an NFL game, I thought he handled himself well, was poised, showed great composure, did face some pressure, which was expected and did a nice job."'

Marker 5 takeaways from the Bills preseason opener against the Vikings [1:37 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Nothing's changed: Count em'. Ten penalties, 106 yards. Ouch. The Bills had a big problem taking too many penalties under former head coach Rex Ryan, and that appears to be continuing under McDermott. Comparatively, Minnesota took three for 36 yards. In addition, four times the Bills took penalties during a special teams play. Can't be doing that.'

Marker Keenum leads Vikings to 17-10 preseason win over Bills [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Taylor also avoided a scare when he came up limping after Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen fell on him for an 11-yard sack on Buffalo's opening drive. Taylor completed the series and was evaluated under a tent on the sideline before being cleared to return.'

Marker Keenum, Heinicke lift Vikings over Bills [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's rookie quarterback, Nathan Peterman, completed 13 of 25 attempts for 112 yards and tossed a 1-yard touchdown to Dez Lewis to make it 17-10 with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Final: Vikings 17 - Bills 10 [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. Nate Peterman converted a 4th down to Daikeil Shorts to keep the game alive, but a bad snap ended the game on the next set of downs.'

Marker Bills: Some old problems crop up in preseason game number one [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I thought the first team defense looked very sharp. Jerry Hughes got a sack and Eddie Yarbrough had two filling in for the injured Shaq Lawson. Yarbrough has had a very good training camp and is making a very early bid to make this team and contribute.'

Marker CAPACCIO: Bills-Vikings: Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There were a lot of things different about Sean McDermott's team as opposed to Rex Ryan's team, even down to the end of the field the team warmed up (the tunnel end for the first time anyone I've spoken to can remember). But, this wasn't one of those things that was too different than what we’ve seen before. Too many times over the last couple years the Bills have hurt themselves with too many penalties. They did again in McDermott’s first game you as head coach, being called for 10 of them for 106 yards. Several were on special teams alone, which was notable. McDermott said after the game he can deal with aggressive penalties but not pre-snap flags. That's were several came from. It will have to be cleaned up.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Bills - Vikings (8/11/17) [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Cinderella story of training camp is now turning into the underdog story of the preseason. Eddie Yarbrough, who went from Denver Broncos 2016 training camp castoff, to 2017 Buffalo Bills afterthought, is now pushing to become the fan favorite to make the roster.'

Marker Bills Fans Pumped for Preseason Opener [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“I’m getting goose bumps. I’m serious though. Football is back and it’s the Buffalo Bills and there’s changes - all kinds of changes,” George Lewis, a Bills fan, said.'

Marker Second half push gets Vikes win over Bills [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Vikings broke a 3-3 halftime tie with a pair of third quarter touchdown drives and spoiled head coach Sean McDermott’s preseason debut in a 17-10 victory over the Bills.'

Marker Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Vikings [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Starting in place of the injured Shaq Lawson at left defensive end, Yarbrough was consistently winning his one-on-one battle with Vikings RT Mike Remmers. Whether it was turning the corner or working back inside, Yarbrough was the most frequent disrupter of the Minnesota passing game.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hodges was a late free agent signee in June, but he’s done a great job of making up for lost time. He’s got a firm grasp of the defensive system, which is in stark contrast to the 3-4 scheme he played in last year. He’s had a nose for takeaways with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in practice the past week. He was rewarded with more snaps as the second team middle linebacker. A solid game Thursday could cement a role on the 53-man roster.'

Marker Bills Today: Zay Jones to face brother [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We all compete at a high level and we all want to be great,” said Jones. “I don’t think one brother would admit that the other one is better, but I’m pushing them in the workouts…So, I’m excited for that matchup just to show him that I’m the better receiving brother in the family.”'

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Marker Joe B: 5 things to watch in Bills-Vikings (8/10/17) [5:08 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Following the quick, ten minute scare with his ankle tweak a few days back, Sammy Watkins has returned back to be a full participant at practice without much, if any, restrictions during practices. The Bills and Watkins are both trying to put the foot surgery behind them and by doing so the Bills confirmed that Sammy Watkins will, in fact, be playing the full amount with the first-team offense — around one quarter of the game, to be exact.'

Marker CAPACCIO: 3 things I'll be watching for in Vikings at Bills [5:04 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Confusion reigned supreme for the last two seasons under Rex Ryan. Players were often getting the defensive calls in too late, not in proper position when the ball was snapped, or unable to relay what they needed to to each other while the offense moved around and was ready to go. The final straw for Ryan was having ten men on the field for a key play during overtime against the Dolphins, which was also a result of poor communication between coaches, staff, and players on the sidelines. New head coach Sean McDermott is known to be a detail-oriented guy. But this will be his first time overseeing the entire game day operation and making all the calls. We’ll see how he handles it all in his first crack at it.'

Marker Buffalo Bills preseason preview: 5 things to watch against Minnesota Vikings [4:45 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'McDermott's impact. It's not a regular season game, but seeing how well the Bills prepared for this game and how disciplined the team is will be a reflection of how McDermott has handled the head coaching duties. Rex Ryan is looser. His teams weren't disciplined. We'll see if any of that changes in the preseason. Hopefully it does.'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings: 7 things that would make the preseason opener a success for Buffalo [4:38 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Sammy Watkins is scheduled to play about a quarter in the Bills' preseason opener. Of course, the Bills will be crossing their fingers for his good health more than anything, but it's also imperative that he starts to look comfortable. Watkins needs to be able to play in a game and not worry about his foot or ankle or anything else. If Watkins can get back to playing without hesitation, that would be a nice development.'

Marker Preseason opener: 5 things to watch for as the Bills host the Vikings [4:37 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Starting offense: The Bills defense from three years ago, much of which remains, proved they could play in a 4-3 scheme. Will that translate? That's something to watch for. But comparatively, looking at the offense will be the more interesting option. Both units will likely keep the playbook shortened, but the offense is brand new and over the past two seasons with Rex Ryan, the better unit. Will Tyrod Taylor & Co. look smooth still?'

Marker Jobs are up for grabs as the Bills open preseason against the Vikings [4:28 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterbacks always raise the interest level in a preseason game, especially rookie draft picks. Quite honestly, it’s about the only thing that truly interests me about preseason games, watching how quarterbacks perform in live situations.'

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Vikings, plus five things to watch for [1:50 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will the team play it safe with Cordy Glenn and Shaq Lawson?'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings: 7 things that would make the preseason opener a success for Buffalo [1:34 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Let's not kid ourselves. NFL teams are just lucky to get through the preseason in one piece. Inevitably, a few players across the league will suffer devastating injuries during the preseason. If the Bills avoid one of those to a key player, they have nothing to complain about.'

Marker Dream shot: Eddie Yarbrough travels long path for a chance to stick with the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My thing is to come off with as much intensity in every fiber in my body to get off the ball and put all that towards making the play and that's what I try to do every play," Yarbrough said. "I just try to be the biggest effort guy you've ever seen."'

Marker Tasker a mainstay on Ch. 7's Bills preseason coverage [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All games are televised live, which can't help ticket sales for what amounts to practice games. Rob Stone will be the play-by-play for Thursday's game. Andrew Catalon, who is Tasker's play-by-play man on CBS telecasts, is busy covering the PGA Championship this week but will work the other three preseason games. Rochester's Mike Catalana is the sideline reporter for all four games.'

Marker New Era Field adds designated Uber Zone [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New Uber riders will get their first rides free, up to $15, when they use the code BUFFALOBILLS15.'

Marker 'Team barber' gives fans at camp free cuts - Bills logo optional [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Signature Cutz's barbers donate their time and skills at the training camp because of their love of the fans, said Kenny Harris, owner of Signature Cutz.'

Marker For the Bills, backup RB is a key spot and Jonathan Williams is making his bid [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s an important role,” said the second-year player out of Arkansas. “LeSean is a great running back and he’ll go down as a great running back, but that’s a physical position, a position you can’t play every down for the whole season. You need somebody to come in and spell him, and I don’t want there to be a drop-off when I’m in the game.”'

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