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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2016

Marker Rex Ryan decides to rest entire defense, LeSean McCoy against Washington [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will still have quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Sammy Watkins starting. While the rest of the league uses the third preseason game as a final tune up for the regular season, Rex has seen enough from his team to prioritize rest in the final weeks of the preseason.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills are seeing best version of QB EJ Manuel [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really like the way he played," Ryan said. "I like the way he competes. He has a great look in his face, man, he loves playing. Guys, you know what, sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop, and I think this is the best EJ Manuel that I've seen."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills Chris Gragg, Jonathan Dowling could have ACL injuries [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Both of them it looks like ACLs," Ryan said after the game at FedEx Field. "It's a real shame, you know. Sometimes, especially with Gragg's injury, a guy should make a tackle. But I get it, was frustrated, he just had a 15-yard penalty. That was ridiculous in my opinion. But it is what it is."'

Marker Kyle Williams named best Bills player of past decade by Pro Football Focus [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his time with the Bills, Williams has accumulated 470 total tackles, 35.5 sacks and one interception. He's been a first-team All-Pro once and he's been named to four Pro Bowl teams in his career. Williams has been one of Buffalo's most reliable players over the last 10 years, so it's no surprise that Pro Football Focus named him as Buffalo's best player over the past decade.'

Marker Former Oxbridge coach Doug Socha takes coaching position with Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'Socha says his role with the team will include scouting future opponents, breaking down film and working on special projects. In practice, Socha has primarily been assisting with the running backs. During games, he will sit in the booth charting plays and noting opponent tendencies.'

Marker Cousins finds rhythm against reserves as Redskins beat Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"I feel pretty good about the guys that I sat, obviously, and I don't think we can afford to get them hurt," Ryan said. "It's as simple as that, and I don't care about the criticism."'

Marker Cousins tosses three TD passes in Redskins' victory [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel drove the Bills from their own 34 to a first-and-goal at the Washington seven inside the final minute, but a touchdown pass to Greg Little was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Little.'

Marker Redskins Hold Off Bills 21-16 [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo jumped out to the 6-0 lead on the strength of two Dan Carpenter field goals, the second of which came from 52 yards out. Cousins struggled early on, completing just 3 of 10 at one point, before catching fire against the Bills' defensive backups.'

Marker Bills to rest many starters against Redskins [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think [as a team we made] amazing strides, and I think as an offense we made strides," Taylor said on Wednesday following practice. "I'm excited to see what this team can do next year. I have a real good feeling about the players we have out there. We just have to stay healthy as a unit on both sides of the ball."'

Marker Bills falls to Washington 21-16 [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Running back Jonathan Williams continued his dominant preseason, racing 37 yards for his second touchdown of the preseason to pull Buffalo within 21-16. However, his night ended late in the third quarter after being body slammed and suffering a rib injury.'

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Washington (8/26/16) [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills sat seven total starters, and for those that actually did play, the veteran players were in for only two series. I can’t stress enough how smart of a move that was for Rex and the Bills, considering the tumultuous offseason they’ve had up to this point in time. The age old expectation is that the third preseason game is the ‘dress rehearsal’ for the regular season… but why?'

Marker Washington holds on in win over Bills [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills put together a field goal drive at the end of the half led by EJ Manuel and Jonathan Williams ran for a 37-yard touchdown to cut the lead to five in the third quarter. But that’s as close as Buffalo would get in a 21-16 final.'

Marker Watkins gets game action under his belt [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It felt pretty good. I think I needed it. It’s something I wanted to do,” said Watkins. “I knew I needed it. Things were moving a little faster than I had seen in practice. It was live and that’s the type of reps that you need coming off an injury or not playing as much.”'

Marker TE Gragg, CB Dowling suffer serious injuries [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ryan was referring to Washington safety De’Angelo Hall. Flagged for unnecessary roughness on the previous series for a late hit on a run play, Hall submarined Gragg on a 3rd-and-13 play when the tight end caught a short pass over the middle. The tight end was pinwheeled by Hall’s hit and sustained the ACL knee injury.'

Marker Several Bills starters not expected to dress vs. Washington [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s a much different year for us injury-wise and other things that have factored in,” said Ryan. “I see how we play every day. Our team has done well to this point in the preseason. At this point it’s most important for us to get to the opening game healthy. We have to be smart about it.”'

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August 26, 2016

Marker Bills pride: Fans prepare for worst, hope for best with upcoming season [2:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every year we have high hopes going into the season, and they kind of break our heart in a way,” Vossler said in the Allegany-based restaurant he owns with his wife. “This is kind of standard. There’s always issues and stuff."'

Marker Five things to watch for in Bills' third preseason game against Washington [2:29 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The debut of Sammy Watkins. Ryan said the Bills No. 1 receiver will play for the first time in the preseason. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor explained why that will be valuable for the offense. If Taylor and Watkins can pick up where they left off at the end of 2015, it will be a very good thing for the offense.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills Thoughts: Shutdown defense, someone has to catch on, running strong [2:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A hell of a lot further along than we were last year," Ryan said. "I mean, that goes without saying, but I think it’s pretty obvious. Just every day in practice, that’s a different defense than it was last year, thank goodness.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor eager to get Sammy Watkins back on the field Friday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“People that I’ll lean on said that it was best to just get him through this spot and then we’ll build him up to play in this game,” the coach said. “So I wasn’t going to just throw him out there and I was the only one that felt that way.”'

Marker Backup OL Ryan Groy battling to win Bills roster spot [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s made a pretty good account of himself,” Ryan said of Groy, who acknowledged he’s in the drivers’ seat for that role. “We have to come up with someone who can be a swing center/guard, we have to look for that.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2016: Predicting roster before third preseason game [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With the departure of Karlos Williams, the Bills' running back depth chart has settled into place. James Wilder Jr. and Dan Herron have a lot of ground to make up in the final two preseason games if either one wants to pass Jonathan Williams on the depth chart.'

Marker Things to watch in Bills third preseason game vs. Washington [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The battle at receiver isn’t close to being over. At the final media session prior to Friday’s game, Ryan confirmed Marquise Goodwin is in concussion protocol after hitting the back of his head on the ground trying to make a catch. Goodwin was slated as the No. 3 receiver behind Watkins and Robert Woods. Rex essentially called out Dez Lewis, Walt Powell and Greg Salas to step it up. Greg Little is also a factor.'

Marker Bills OT Henderson thriving after battle with Crohn's disease [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As of right now, I've been out for a while so it's all about competing," Henderson said. "Whatever the outcome is, of course I would love to start. Jordan has it right now and he's my teammate and I wish the best for him and he wishes the best for me. Early on I had some of those doubts (that my career was in jeopardy), I didn't know what the future had set for me, I just kept doing everything the doctor said, eating right and moving forward to get back on the field," he said. "Not a lot's different, just the diet, certain things I have to stay away from. Stay away from the stuff know I have to stay away from and I think I'll be fine."'

Marker The Buddy System [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But that's the reality of being a Ryan. You're born with extra-thick skin. By the time Rex and Rob were in second grade, they knew they wanted to be coaches, just like their dad. Around that same time, Jim also knew they'd be trouble.'

Marker Kathryn Smith, the NFL's first female full-time coach, is not thinking about history [1:53 AM]
SI reports: '“My focus really is on my job, coaching and doing the best I can at it,” Smith told me earlier this month at Bills training camp, at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester. “I do recognize that my role has some significance, but that has never been in the front of my mind, or been my motivation. I didn’t really look at it in that light until after the fact, sort of until everyone else started to.'

Marker Gilmore deal number one priority for the Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Entering his fifth season in the National Football League, Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore will likely receive a pretty high pay raise this off-season. Gilmore's base salary could go from a little over $2 million a year to around $11 million.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Washington (8/26/16) [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: ' Perhaps a bit earlier than expected, the Bills welcomed former starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson back to the practice field this week. Henderson, who started 26 games for the Bills over the last two seasons, had a serious battle with Crohn’s disease that left some to ponder if he’d be able to play again. Now Henderson is back on the field, and it immediately led to the question about his potential availability and playing level for the 2016 season.'

Marker Scouting Report - Buffalo-Washington [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A pair of starters will see preseason action for the first time on Friday at Washington. OLB Manny Lawson and WR Sammy Watkins will both see playing time at FedEx Field. Lawson has been practicing the past two weeks in his return from a partially torn pectoral muscle. Watkins has had his reps in practice closely monitored throughout training camp and the athletic training and medical staff believes now is the appropriate time for Watkins to see game action.'

August 25, 2016

Marker Much-traveled Worthy thinks he’s found a home with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was a new area, and a different rehab process,” he said. “Having to train my core back up again, to be able to handle offensive lineman, that definitely was the biggest thing I had to overcome. It takes a long time to get back from certain types of injuries.”'

Marker Blanton tries to make Bills roster [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I thought it was a great opportunity with great coaches,” Blanton said. “You get to learn from a bevy of great coaches: Tim McDonald, Ed Reed, D.T. (Dennis Thurman), Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan. You can’t get a better group of guys to learn from.”'

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